Hugely successful Day of Giving raises awareness, funding for UT programs

November 1st, 2018 Posted in From Our Alumni

by Laurie B. Davis

The number of donors who participated in the second annual University of Toledo Day of Giving on Oct. 16-17 more than doubled last year’s participation, with 3,156 donors giving this year. Alumni and friends, faculty and staff members, and students came together to support Rocket Forward: You Launch Lives, contributing a total of $717,375.

The goal of the 36-hour campaign was to create awareness of the impact of philanthropy at UT and to increase private support among our students, alumni and friends.

This year, activities took place on both the Health Science Campus and Main Campus, including a carnival-style event on Centennial Mall with student organizations providing games and activities to raise money for the Student Activities Fund. President Sharon L. Gaber visited the Health Science Campus for selfies with nursing students and to spread the word about the Day of Giving campaign.

Gifts, designated for a wide variety of uses, were made to this second annual Day of Giving, during which, campaign advocates took to social media to encourage giving.

“We want to thank all of our University of Toledo students, alumni and friends who participated in Day of Giving 2018,” said Cheryl Zwyer, Senior Associate Vice President for Development at The University of Toledo Foundation. “Every person’s gift makes a difference. It is wonderful to see Rockets come together to support so many important programs across campus.”

Contributions will help students launch college careers and complete their degrees through scholarships; help faculty continue research that impacts the Northwest Ohio region and beyond; fund new drug therapies and medical advancements to improve patient care; and support many UT programs across campus. 

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