The totals are nearly in, and Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s March 6 Day of Giving raised more than $889,000 for scholarships, programs and other SIU priorities. Gifts are still being counted.
“We’re deeply grateful to our many donors – alumni, faculty, staff, students community members and more -- for their generous support of our students and the university,” said Chancellor John Dunn. “You have made a very positive difference.”
The third annual 24-hour fundraising campaign far exceeded last year’s total of $480,000, said Rae Goldsmith, vice chancellor for development and alumni relations and CEO of the SIU Foundation. This year, more than 2,800 gifts came from 45 states and 10 countries.
“The Day of Giving also served to launch our year-long celebration of our 150th anniversary,” she said. “Many donors wanted to be part of this historic event at the same time they wanted to invest in the university’s future.”
The day included a friendly competition among units and organizations for raising the most money or attracting the most gifts. This year, trophies will be given to both academic and non-academic units.
Among academic programs, the School of Medicine attracted the most gifts and also raised the most funds.
Among non-academic programs, a Facebook group raised the most gifts for the new “Balancing Education, Experience and Reality” Scholarship, while Saluki Athletics will take home the trophy for most dollars raised.
“The Day of Giving involved the entire SIU community. It was a great demonstration of the power of philanthropy bringing people together for the greater good,” Goldsmith said. “Thank you to everyone who helped us far exceed our goals.”
A thank-you video is online, and photos highlighting the Day of Giving and anniversary launch can be found on SIU’s Facebook page.