Dillard sees record-breaking GivingTuesday with more than $780,000 in gifts
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For Immediate Release
December 9, 2020
NEW ORLEANS — Dillard University’s supporters provided $780,772 in donations within 24 hours during GivingTuesday on December 1, far surpassing its goal of $500,000. Themed “Beating the Odds,” the campaign garnered donations from alumni, faculty, staff, students and the general public.
“This year, GivingTuesday meant so much more than in any other year because of the challenges and hardships the pandemic has created, not just for the University and its students, but also for those who gave despite the challenges that they themselves have suffered in the wake of the pandemic,” said Adrian Guy Anderson, assistant vice president for the Office of Development and Alumni Relations. “This sacrifice by our supporters demonstrates just how much Dillard alumni and friends believe in the work that we do here.”
“We began our GivingTuesday campaigns in 2015, wondering if we could leverage the national attention for that day to raise money for Dillard University,” said President Walter Kimbrough. “The $36,000 we raised that day seemed like a win, but we saw great potential in this program. Five years later, we are now raising approximately 20 times that amount. The vision of the advancement team and buy-in by alumni and friends have made GivingTuesday a significant event each year for the University. We are grateful to everyone who continues to support Dillard University.”
Part of the University’s success was a match by an emeritus board member. The funds collected on GivingTuesday are shared among Dillard’s SAFE (Student Aid for Financial Emergencies) Fund and areas for which donors designated their gifts.
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