GSW raises nearly $ 100,000 on donation day from 44 states – Americus Times-Recorder
By Chelsea Collins
AMERICA – Third Annual Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) Donation day, which ran from midnight to midnight on Thursday, September 16, doubled the initial goal of $ 50,000, totaling $ 99,925.50 for the University, exceeding last year’s amount by more than 188%. .
This year, hurricanes have included an additional challenge during the 24 hour period to try to attract donors from all fifty US states by asking them to “turn the card to gold.” The GSW community watched with anticipation throughout the day as each state turned gold when a gift was received. Alumni and friends from 44 states gave gifts – an increase from just seven states the year before.
âThanks to the hard work of our committee, donors, community partners and volunteers, we exceeded our fundraising goal of 99.9%,â said Stephen Snyder, Executive Director of the GSW Foundation and Vice President assistant for advancement. âIn just three years, our Giving Day totals have grown from $ 19,000 to almost $ 100,000 and gifts from 6 states to 44 states. I consider it a huge success, and it makes me so proud to be a Hurricane.
A total of 243 gifts were received from 44 states and three countries – Canada, Brazil and Belgium. Of the 223 donors, 76 were first-time donors. This effort was made possible by contacting potential donors in advance, sharing promotions in the weeks leading up to the event, and identifying friends and family on social media on the day of the donation.
The contributions have been earmarked for scholarships, general support, athletics, improvement of facilities and many other areas.
âThe GSW Advancement team had high expectations for this 24-hour philanthropy and community driven event,â said GSW President Neal Weaver, PhD. âThanks to the energy, support and generosity of the Hurricane family across the country and around the world, we have exceeded our initial financial goal! I love to see the âforce of goldâ come together every year to make a difference in the lives of students and the future of Georgia Southwestern.
Giving Day committee members included Lou Chase, Chelsea Collins, Kim Comer, Signe Coombs, Haley Hanniford, Hailey Henderson, Kearston Roland, Sydney Scott, Bob Slenker, Angela Smith, Stephen Snyder, Ashley Stallings and Qaijuan Willis.
In addition to online donations, Day of Giving supporters showed their hurricane pride by dining at one of the participating local restaurants which donated a portion of their sales throughout the day to the campaign. The Donation Day Committee expresses its thanks to Carter’s Fried Chicken, Wolf Creek Plantation (vineyard and downtown locations), Pat’s Place, 2 Duke’s BBQ, Wok N Wings, The Sheppard House, La Hacienda, Monroe’s Hotdogs, Gyro City Mediterranean Grill, Roman Oven Pizzeria, The Fish House, Floyd’s Pub, Rosemary & Thyme, Booger Bottom and Sweet Georgia Bakery and CafÃ©, formerly CafÃ© Campesino Coffeehouse, for their generosity.
As another statement of support, the Mayor of Americus, Barry Blount signed a proclamation September 2 announcing Thursday September 16, 2021 as the third annual Giving Day, recognizing GSW as a vital asset to community and economic growth. Visit www.gsw.edu/dayofgiving for more information.