True Spirit: Supporting Cyclones Today and Tomorrow

Jim Victor and David Spalding, Raisbeck Endowed Dean

Jim Victor and David Spalding, Raisbeck Endowed Dean

Like many Iowa State alumni, Jim Victor has no shortage of Cyclone pride. "My experience at Iowa State truly changed my world — it enlightened me, it inspired me and it empowered me," he said.;

"The door was always open to me to participate in university life, especially in areas such as homecoming committees or student/faculty committees," Victor continued. "I counted it up once, how many times I'd participated on campus, and I think it came out to serving in 36 different capacities." These experiences in getting involved changed Victor's outlook. "I came to Iowa State focused on what I could learn, but I left focused on what I could do," he said. "It was transformational."

Victor's penchant for staying involved never wavered. When he's not working as the executive director at Morgan Stanley, he volunteers with Junior Achievement of the Heartland in Davenport, Iowa. He spends his time teaching young people about entrepreneurship — or, in Victor's words, "about free enterprise and how education allows them to take ownership of their financial lives."

"Not many people view entrepreneurship in the way that I do," said Victor. "It's about initiative and creativity. It's about the freedom and opportunity to do something better or make something better, and it affects every one of our jobs at every level."

Imagine, then, the perfect storm of the Forever True, For Iowa State campaign. The College of Business set forth an entrepreneurship initiative as part of its goals, and Victor was one of the first supporters to jump on board. "The focus, the timing — the campaign was just right for me," he said. "And if this is what is needed now, support will create opportunity and take entrepreneurship to the next level."

Victor decided to make a blended gift to Iowa State — one part is a current gift and the other a gift in his will. "I hadn't thought about giving that way before. I knew I would do something as part of my estate, but it's great to be able to help support current needs while I can see the impact."

His gift created the Victor Entrepreneurship Scholarship Fund. "It is important for students to be able to open themselves up to new opportunities, experiences and schools of thought," Victor said. "Their experience at Iowa State should prepare them to be work- and world-ready citizens."

"I wanted to do something significant," he said. "I believe that giving back is part of our purpose in life." The chance to give back to his alma mater is an added bonus. "Talking with others about Iowa State makes you want to be a part of it again - and now by giving back, it almost feels like I am."

Be Part of Iowa State's Future

By joining Jim Victor in supporting Iowa State's future, you can help the university keep education affordable and accessible, and provide opportunities that equip students to become the leaders and critical thinkers that our world needs. Contact the office of gift planning at 800.621.8515 or giftplanning@foundation.iastate.edu to explore smart ways to plan a gift.