Alfred State College Pioneers and supporters stepped up in a big way once again for the college’s third annual Day of Giving.
As of the time this article was written, 986 donors had contributed a total of $158,403 in cash and pledges. The funds that were not restricted to a certain cause will be used to support the greatest needs of the college, primarily scholarships, new programming, updated technology, and athletic programs.
Trish Haggerty, director of Annual Giving, said, “Once again, thanks to the support of our generous alumni, friends, faculty, staff, and students, our Day of Giving was an amazing success. We surpassed our goal of $150,000 from 700 donors, and the engagement on campus was wonderful. There is so much planning and work that goes into this event, and it is extremely rewarding to see the participation and engagement, from the students to the alumni thousands of miles away.”
Throughout the day, Alfred State held some fun events to coincide with the Day of Giving, including Christmas tree decorating, ornament making, cookie decorating, a rock wall-climbing session, and numerous other fun games in the Student Leadership Center all day long.
Also, a number of major gifts were unlocked once several challenges were met. The list of challenges and gifts includes:
- Halfway to donor goal ($10,000 from an anonymous donor) – Met after reaching 350 donors.
- Team or club with best social media picture using the hashtag #ASCDay2Give ($500) – Awarded to Vet Tech Club.
- Halfway to monetary goal ($10,000 from an anonymous donor) – Met once $75.000 had been donated.
- The men’s baseball team earned an extra $500 for raising the highest total amount of money among all clubs and teams.
- Achieving the donor goal ($20,000 from an anonymous donor) – Met after reaching 700 donors.
- Social media challenge, which was new this year – A total of $20,000 was unlocked after the Day of Giving Facebook post reached 100 shares.
Also worth noting is that the farthest-away donation came from friend of the college Austin Holt in Dublin, Ireland. By securing the donation, members of the Vet Tech Club earned $1,000 for their club.
Haggerty said she wanted to express her gratitude to everyone who participated in Alfred State’s third annual Day of Giving.
“Whether you gave online, by mail, by answering an email, or talking to one of our Phonathon students, your gift mattered,” she said. “To those of you who took the time to share our posts and watch the day unfold online, thank you. The Day of Giving here at Alfred State is about so much more than just raising money. It’s about instilling in our students the importance of giving back and it is a day that we as Pioneers can come together near and far and make a big difference in so many lives.”