Southwestern Giving Day 2020 saw the entire University community come together to support the needs of students, faculty, and programs across campus by contributing $273,589 to a range of needs.

“The outpouring of support for Southwestern students during Giving Day was, in a word, inspiring,” says Director of Annual Giving and Advancement Services Wesley Clark. “Our goal was to provide a space for alumni, parents, friends, students, faculty, and staff to connect across the shared purpose of supporting everything that makes Southwestern so special. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and its unprecedented impact on our lives, Southwestern supporters showed once again that their generosity and loyalty know no bounds.”  

In the face of the ongoing COVID-19 public-health crisis, donors contributed more than $54,000 to the SU Emergency Fund, which provides support for students experiencing unplanned short-term needs such as food, rent, and utilities. Currently, many hard-working students are experiencing increased need due to lost wages resulting from the impact of the novel coronavirus. So far, 59 Southwestern students have collectively received more than $17,500 in initial emergency support to help cover their basic living expenses. Donors also contributed more than $22,000 to the Southwestern Emergency Scholarship Fund, which provides need-based tuition assistance to students in similar emergency situations. The need for emergency scholarship support is expected to increase significantly during the coming months.

Other highlights of Southwestern Giving Day 2020 include the following:

  • 330 gifts to scholarship funds, totaling more than $48,000
  • 27 matching and challenge gifts from generous donors that helped to raise $70,123
  • Gifts made by alumni from 69 different graduating classes
  • Contributions of more than $42,000 by more than 170 parents of current and former students 

“Our students, faculty, and programs are fortunate to benefit from the generous support of so many loyal donors,” says Kent Huntsman, associate vice president for development. “We truly appreciate the continued commitment to the University.”

Southwestern Giving Day 2020 was held entirely online and provided supporters with multiple opportunities to engage, including making a contribution to any area of campus, following along with student Instagram takeovers, and participating in social-media challenges to win additional funding for the winner’s chosen designation.

“The impact of this year’s giving day will be felt both immediately and for years to come,” says Paul Secord, vice president for university relations. “It was amazing to see our community bond together to support students during this challenging time when so many are facing heightened need and uncertainty.”

If you were not able to participate in this year’s Southwestern Giving Day and would like to support Southwestern students and programs, visit www.southwestern.edu/makeagift to make a difference now.

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