Together, we did it again!
Carthaginians demonstrated the power of the domino effect, as gifts of all sizes propelled the College to a successful Giving Day 2019.
Thanks to the generosity of alumni, students, parents, employees, and other supporters, Carthage topped its central goal with gifts from 1,673 donors in the fourth annual fundraising sprint Thursday, April 4.
The College exceeded its original target of 1,200 contributors around 10:30 p.m. Central time, unlocking $200,000 that members of the Board of Trustees had pledged in “challenge” gifts. Board chair Jeff Hamar ’80 then raised the bar, offering an additional $10,000 if the donor count reached 1,400 by midnight — which it did, with minutes to spare.
Unofficially, the College raised more than $150,000 in a 24-hour period to support student-centered programs and financial aid. Additionally, Carthaginians gave 90 gifts of more than $500 or more.
The total includes contributions through 12 mini-challenges, as Carthaginians matched gifts from classmates, teammates, or other like-minded donors. Those proceeds go toward scholarships for returning students with increasing financial need, experiential learning options for students of color, and other priorities.
Students even had the option to secure temporary naming rights to selected spaces and equipment on campus. For a gift of $5 to $20, a decal bearing the donor’s name could adorn a pool table, one of the signature red Adirondack chairs on campus, or even the ice cream machine in The Caf.
The daylong, domino-themed campus celebration featured events in the Campbell Student Union and David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Natural and Social Sciences. Service sorority Alpha Phi Omega took first prize in a domino-building challenge, winning $1,000 for its elaborate creation.
A collection of administrators, coaches, and other Carthage “celebrities” defeated three teams of student-athletes in a lunchtime trivia contest. Alumnus Dan Dick ’13 emceed the competition, posing questions about the College and other general topics. (Yes, apparently a hole-in-one on a par-5 golf hole is called a condor.)
Several alumni hosted Giving Day gatherings in parts of the Midwest. Many other members of the Carthage community expressed their support on social media platforms, posting images of themselves, their kids, and even the family dog wearing complimentary “Red & Ready” T-shirts.
Now that the last domino has fallen, we’d like to thank everyone who gave a push. Your support helps us to knock down some of the impediments that might otherwise block the way to a powerful Carthage education!
For your continuing generosity, Carthaginians, we salute you!