Thanks to committed supporters, NC State’s fourth annual Day of Giving was once again a success.
14,533 gifts totaling more than $23 million will go to work for NC State students and faculty. The College of Engineering raised more than $1.5 million from 1,444 gifts. The CCEE department was declared the winner of the College of Engineering Leaderboard with 223 gifts totaling more than $81,300. The department received $19,700 from the CCEE Advisory Board for completing a match challenge of 100 gifts.
“I am so appreciative of all of our dedicated alumni and friends for their support of the department,” said CCEE Head Dr. Morton Barlaz. “Day of Giving is a fantastic opportunity to give back, and the funds will help ensure excellence in our mission of research and education.”
Donors from 99 counties in North Carolina, all 50 states and 18 countries were part of this year’s overall university effort.
“I couldn’t be more proud of what this day has become for NC State,” Chancellor Randy Woodson said. “If you think about what each one of these gifts means, it’s an individual engaging with the university as an important part of the Pack — maybe for the first time.”
The day kicked off at midnight on March 23 with the generosity of NC State alumni and friends and a flurry of social media activity.
Social media challenges were held throughout the day, including throwback photos and pets showing up in their NC State finest. From cows responding to a saxophone version of the “Red and White Song” to a music video remix of the beloved tune from the African American Cultural Center, these Day of Giving challenges helped show the breadth of the experiences that unite the Wolfpack and impact that carries far beyond campus.
“Day of Giving is really about connections,” said Brian Sischo, vice chancellor for university advancement. “And these connections are one of the reasons NC State continues to lead in growth of donors giving back.”
Day of Giving engagement extended to the student body. In addition to passionate participation in the #GivingPack Hashtag Challenge Match, more than 700 students came out to a special Day of Giving event in Talley Student Union to learn about philanthropy, craft social media posts, make gifts to areas of their choosing and vote on a winning fund for a special student challenge.
“Day of Giving energizes all of us and reminds us of the importance of what we do as a university — and why we do it,” Woodson said. “At the end of the day, #GivingPack and Day of Giving are about coming together as a united Wolfpack. We’re so grateful for the commitment of all the alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students who joined us today. It truly is transformational.”
Visit dayofgiving.ncsu.edu for a full list of leaderboard and challenge winners.