Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Thursday, December 7, 2017

Penny War proceeds benefit 2 charities

Penny War proceeds benefit 2 charities

Another La Follette School Penny War has ended – this time, with no apparent winner.

The final in-house tally had the faculty/staff team winning by nearly $8, with $603.03 raised for two charities. However, the credit union machine count totaled $635.26 (including 15,424 coins), making it impossible to determine a winner.

“The only fair conclusion is that all four teams won,” said Marjorie Matthews, who organized the Penny War with the La Follette School Student Association. “Our goals were met – we had fun, we made a large donation to two charities, and we had a ‘bonding experience’ (with some very competitive players) that united us as a school community.”

Porchlight and Women for Women International (selected by faculty, staff, and students) will split the Penny War proceeds through Partners in Giving, the nationally recognized state employee workplace fundraising campaign in Dane County.

For the friendly competition, pennies counted positively toward each team’s point total, while the value of paper bills and other coins was subtracted. As in the three previous Penny Wars, teams competing were: first-year Master of Public Affairs students, second-year Master of Public Affairs students, Master of International Public Affairs students, and faculty/staff.

The Penny War once again featured a tasty tactic – ice cream from UW–Madison’s Babcock Hall Dairy Store. The La Follette School offered Penny War participants a dish of Chryst ice cream (named after Badgers football coach Paul Chryst) for a suggested donation of $2.

The machine count also boosted the 2017 Penny War donation over last year’s competition, when $607.33 was raised.