Spring Hill College’s fourth annual Give Day exceeded its fundraising goal, bringing in gifts totaling more than $230,000 from 692 donors. Give Day 2018 began on March 19, the feast day of St. Joseph, the patron saint of the college, and concluded 18 hours and 30 minutes later – significant to the year Spring Hill was founded.
Incentive challenges were offered throughout the fundraising event to academic divisions, athletic teams, campus life groups and named scholarships for reaching goals such as most gifts given and most creative social media post. More than $38,000 was awarded in incentives to 21 different groups.
Mary McDonald, Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations said, “We are thrilled that the Spring Hill College community – alumni, parents, friends, faculty, staff and students – rallied around Give Day 2018 to meet and exceed our goal. But we are even more excited about the culture of philanthropy that we are building on campus.”
The Office of Development and Alumni Relations reported that, of those participating in Give Day 2018, sixty-two percent are alumni of the college. The college also benefited from the generosity of a significant portion of new supporters, with fourteen percent of total participants being first-time donors. Twelve percent of faculty and staff donated on Give Day, a five percent increase from the previous year’s event.
President Christopher P. Puto, PhD, added, “Every dollar raised is a testament to the outstanding Jesuit educational experience students encounter on The Hill. As an alumnus and the President of Spring Hill College, I am deeply proud to be part of this special day with my Badger family.”
Gifts received for Give Day outside of the incentive challenges 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.