With more than 600 gifts received and a total of more than $325,000 raised from midnight to midnight on April 21, St. Bonaventure University marked a milestone with the success of its first-ever Giving Day.
For a 24-hour period, alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends from around the world joined together in support of St. Bonaventure, setting university records for the greatest number of online gifts received in one day and the largest online daily gift total.
“Once again our community has demonstrated a dramatic commitment to our mission and vision,” said Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., S.T.D., president of the university. “Thank you to Bonnies worldwide for proving what we can do together in just one day. The collective power of our contributions will help to ensure that St. Bonaventure remains an extraordinary place to live and learn.”
The more than $325,000 represents 608 total gifts, with 61 first-time donors, 105 young alumni donations, and 34 new members to the $1,000+ Devereux Giving Societies. The Giving Day also set new record totals for online giving in one day, generating 496 online gifts worth more than $138,000. This is eight times the number of gifts and more than double the dollar amount than the previous records set in December 2013.
Friendly alumni challenges generated excitement throughout the day-long event and highlighted its “Rise to the Challenge” theme.
“The many challenges put forth by our alumni made all the difference. The day was a great accomplishment,” said Clarence Picard, director of Annual Giving. “Our community surpassed all but one of the challenges, with gifts coming from alumni in 34 states and three countries and with a strong show of support from parents as well as faculty and staff.”
Plans are already underway for #BonaGivingDay2017, Picard added.
About the University: The nation’s first Franciscan university, we believe in the goodness of every person and in the ability of every person to do extraordinary things. St. Bonaventure University cultivates graduates who are confident and creative communicators, collaborative leaders and team members, and innovative problem solvers who are respectful of themselves, others, and the diverse world around them. Named the #5 best college value in the North by U.S. News and World Report, we are establishing pathways to internships, graduate schools and careers in the context of our renowned liberal arts tradition. Our students are becoming extraordinary.
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