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#GivingTuesday Involves Students in Giving Back

On Giving Tuesday, the Tuesday following Thanksgiving that challenges people all over the nation to give back to an organization or institution that gave to them, Wilmington College had six challenges for students, alumni, parents, and faculty/staff. Students were not only urged to give to the challenge, but were also able to work the Phonathon, calling upon alumni and parents to give back.

The challenges were as followed:

  1. Challenge #1 (Students): Mobile Charging Station for students, with a matching gift possibility of a new iMac computer for the Communication Arts Program
  2. Challenge #2 (Alumni and Parents): $2000 for new Pep band
  3. Challenge #3(Faculty/Staff): Faculty Staff Giving, with a matching gift possibility of a print run of the Woodhouse Magazine, the campus literary magazine, and a Large Format Printer for Senior Research Papers
  4. Challenge #4 (Parents): Mobile Charging Station for students, with a matching gift possibility of a new iMac computer for the Communication Arts ProgramMobile Charging Station for students, with a matching gift possibility of a new iMac computer for the Communication Arts Program
  5. Challenge #5 (Alumni): $25,000 to Unrestricted Giving, with a matching gift possibility of $5,000
  6. Challenge #6 (Alumni and Friends of the Peace Resource Center): $5000 to the Peace Resource Center, with a matching gift possibility of $5000

In its entirety, Wilmington College raised $50,386 from 285 donors. This total more than doubles last year’s efforts of $23,615 and is 134 more gifts.

In its entirety, Wilmington College raised $50,386 from 285 donors. This total more than doubles last year’s efforts of $23,615 and is 134 more gifts.

With the support of students, alumni, faculty/staff and friends, the college unlocked the following challenge gifts:

2 – iMac Pro computers for the Communication Arts Department

1 – Mobile charging station for Pyle Center

1 – Large Format Plotter Printer

$700 – to underwrite the cost of the printing of the Woodhouse Magazine

$5,000 – to create an endowed fund to support the PRC

$1,075 – to support the new Quaker Thunder Pep Band

This semester, students were able to help with the fundraising through the phonathon. “This semester we did a smaller than usual Phonathon and 16 students participated. In the spring we will be going back to a more traditional system and will utilize close to 40 students,” says Matt Wahrhaftig, the VP of College Advancement.

Matt Wahrhaftig

This was the first year that Phonathon and GivingTuesday coincided with each other, and phonathon contributed $1,630 and 21 gifts. “There are two very important factors about Phonathon,” says Matt. “The first, is that the majority of the gifts received from these efforts are unrestricted in nature and therefore can be put to immediate use for the operational needs of the College. The second is that Phonathon provides us with the opportunity to converse with our current donors about the progress of the College.”

Overall Phonathon historically contributes between $60,000 – $80,000 to the Colleges Advancement efforts on a yearly basis.

Matt says, “Many of [the alumni and parents] really enjoy the calls and love talking with our students. These conversation are a great way for us to change our donors behaviors and inspire them to give at a higher level.”

“Many of [the alumni and parents] really enjoy the calls and love talking with our students. These conversation are a great way for us to change our donors behaviors and inspire them to give at a higher level.” – Matt Wahrhaftig, VP of College Advancement.

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