SLU Giving Day Raises Over $110,000 in 24 Hours
In just 24 hours, Saint Louis University’s first SLU Giving Day raised $116,141 through
887 gifts from alumni, staff members, faculty, students, SLU families and friends
of the University. The Office of Alumni and Donor Engagement spearheaded the creative
fundraising effort that was held on Thursday, Nov. 16, from midnight to midnight.
The Nov. 16 event – held on the University’s Founders Day – was designed to benefit
a variety of needs across the University including scholarships, book funds and priorities
designated by individual college and school deans.
Donations were encouraged with special fundraising challenges that unlocked additional
funds when certain dollar amounts or donor participation goals were met. Many challenges
were school-specific and individuals pledged to provide their own donations once a
certain number of gifts had been reached. For example, Mardell Wilson, Ph.D., dean
of Doisy College of Health Sciences, pledged $1,929 in honor of the school’s founding
year once 40 gifts were made to the school, while John Ammann, J.D., a SLULAW professor,
gave $2,000 after 50 donors contributed to law school scholarships.
“There is a lot of need for financial access across the entire student population
today,” said Tom Sweircinsky (Parks ’62). Those needs motivated Sweircinsky and his
wife, Carol, who gave the $5,000 challenge gift to Parks College of Engineering, Aviation
and Technology on SLU Giving Day.
“We hope to alleviate some of that need by helping students with their attendance
costs so they can spend less time stressing about how to pay for their education,”
Sweircinsky explained. “We want them to be able to truly experience their education
so they can make an impact on the world.”
The Faculty and Staff Challenge was the first of the day to meet its goal, logging
50 gifts by 10 a.m. As a result, challengers and University staff members Pete and
Debbie Dill Garvin contributed $1,818 to SLU’s Helping Our Own Fund.
“SLU spirit was out in full force last Thursday,” Kate Brennan, director of annual
giving said. Her team conceived of and led SLU Giving Day. “I am overwhelmed with
gratitude for everyone who made our first SLU Giving Day a huge success; the day went
beyond our expectations.”
To see the final gift count for each school or organization and individual challenge
pages, visit SLU Giving Day.