Spring Hill College’s third annual Give Day exceeded its fundraising goals, bringing in gifts totaling over $236,000 from 795 donors. Give Day 2017, which began at noon on March 9 and concluded 24 hours later on March 10, surpassed its first goal of reaching 450 donors within the event’s first eight hours.
With a promise from one individual to match $30,000 if donors could help the college reach its second milestone of $160,000 in total, supporters rallied even stronger. The gift, which was offered in memory of the donor’s wife who was a passionate proponent for education during her lifetime, buoyed the fundraising efforts well beyond the goal.
Beverly Byl, vice president for development and alumni relations for the college said, “The Spring Hill College community’s shared passion for ensuring the success and sustainability for this institution is uniquely remarkable, and Give Day is evidence of this collective dedication.”
The office of development and alumni relations reported that of those participating in Give Day 2017 sixty-nine percent are alumni of the college. The college also benefited from the generosity of a significant portion of new supporters, with twenty percent of total participants being first-time donors.
President Christopher P. Puto, PhD, added, “The outpouring of support on Give Day has warmed my heart more than you can imagine. Each dollar raised is a testament to the outstanding Jesuit educational experience students encounter on The Hill.” He went on to say, “as an alumnus and the president of Spring Hill College, I am deeply proud to be part of this special day with the Badger family.”
All gifts received for Give Day support the Spring Hill College Fund, which provides a critical bridge between tuition revenue and the actual costs of running the college. The fund provides support to the operating budget and directly impact students, faculty and numerous programs.
Although Give Day efforts have officially ended, development and alumni staff members state that individuals are continuing to mail in contributions in support of the event.