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NEW ORLEANS— Dillard University received $558,807 in 24 hours for the 2019 Giving Tuesday. This is an 83 percent increase from the 2018 Giving Tuesday results. The institution’s campaign proved to be a success after receiving multiple gifts from alumni, faculty, staff, students and members from the greater New Orleans community. In previous years, Dillard University earned $305,102 (2018 Giving Tuesday), $195,687 (2017 Giving Tuesday) and $64,526 (2016 Giving Tuesday).


“This was our best #GivingTuesday yet. Going from $60,000 to over $500,000 in just four years shows the level of commitment our community has for Dillard University,” Marc Barnes, vice president of Institutional Advancement said in a statement. “We are extremely grateful to everyone who supported this campaign. Our students are the real winners. They will work hard to make our supporters’ investments worthwhile.”


On Giving Tuesday, Dillard University hosted a luncheon on its Gentilly campus for programs and departments to promote their initiatives. Telemundo (KGLA-TV) and WDSU (NBC-affiliate) attended the event to capture the excitement as members of the Dillard University rallied to meet the goal of $500,000. University President Dr. Walter Kimbrough recounts how the University adopted the Giving Tuesday donation method. “Our director of development suggested we try Giving Tuesday in 2016, making us one of the early adopters of the program. We doubled our modest goal of $30,000. So I kept raising the bar and the team has kept exceeding it, including this year,” he said. “We definitely have to thank major donors like David Dillard who provided a large challenge grant so that we could inspire others to give. This has been a successful formula for us.”


Giving Tuesday funds are shared between the University’s SAFE (Student Aid for Financial Emergencies) Fund and programs/departments donors designated their monies to. Giving Tuesday funding serves as an anchor during a political climate where federal student aid loans are being eliminated. Kimberly Woodard, director of Development expressed her deep gratitude to the Dillard community and stakeholders for their continuous commitment to Dillard students and their education. “


“I must say, "thank you" to all who graciously continue to support our fundraising efforts here at Dillard.  It is amazing how alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends come together to realize a dream, that without them would never become reality,” she shared.  “I am grateful to everyone who continues to support our #DUGivingTuesday efforts each year.”


Dillard is the leading historically Black university that produces graduates with degrees in Physics. It also specializes in nursing, pre-law, business and the performing arts. Dillard University’s goal is to create a holistic education for its students, building them to be world leaders who will impact corporations in a powerful way.


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