On the 17th of April the IE Business School Net Impact Chapter attempted a radical new fundraising event never before seen at IE Business School – a Professor’s Auction.
The students of each section voted upon as the ones they would like to have dinner. We then approached those professors to see if they were willing to donate their time as well as a dinner for this fundraiser.
We were delighted with the overall positive response from the teachers and were able to sign up 9 of the 11 we approached! Students formed bidding groups in advance and came ready and determined the day of the event to bid generously for their professor of choice. Two dynamic students took the lead on auctioning the event, Marco Guarda and Ricardo Pedraza, and were able to work the crowd like professionals. Two amazing bids came in at €350 for Gonalzo Garland and the same amount for Juan Santaló! At the end of the day, we were able to raise about €1500 to raise money for Kabila, a local non-profit that supports African immigrants in Spain (www.kabila.org). Beyond the great response and turn out (despite the dodgy weather!), we already have students asking if we are going to do it again.
The professors (and administration) that participated were:
Ignacio de la Vega