When Case Western Reserve University launched its first Day of Giving in 2013, the 795 donors who came together to give $195,745 smashed the university’s records both for the number of donors and the dollar amount raised in 24 hours.
During last week’s ninth annual Day of Giving, nearly three times the number of alumni, faculty, staff, students, parents and friends supported various causes at the university—donating nearly 12 times the total of the first record-breaking day.
The outpouring of generosity set an all-time record for single-day giving, at more than $2.3 million, with the number of donors (2,282) eclipsing the 2,000 mark for the fourth consecutive year.
The Day of Giving—a collective effort of the university’s seven schools and colleges, athletic teams and student organizations—encourages campaign-style, online crowdfunding within a targeted 24-hour window. Athletics led the way in this year’s effort, raising more than $76,000 to support student-athletes and programming.
“After a challenging and uncertain year—one that often tested our resiliency—the university emerged stronger through the support of our community,” said Carol Moss, senior vice president of university relations and development. “We are grateful for the 2,282 individuals who invested in our future.”
In addition to setting a new record for the amount raised in a single Day of Giving, the event attracted broad support from alumni, parents and friends across the country—recording gifts from 43 states and seven countries. The university also welcomed 649 donors who made their first gift.
In the nine-year history of the event, Case Western Reserve has raised more than $8.3 million to grow and sustain student success programs, scholarships, research and student emergency funds.