Thanks for making our third annual Giving Day a smashing success!
Five distinct categories of Carthaginians pitched in to make Giving Day 2018 a home run.
Carthage exceeded participation goals for alumni, students, parents, faculty and staff, and friends of the College during the third annual fundraising sprint Thursday, April 5. That broad support unlocked a $250,000 “challenge” gift from the Board of Trustees and an anonymous benefactor.
A full slate of 12 mini-challenges also succeeded, after Carthaginians pledged to match gifts from classmates or like-minded donors. Targeted programs included experiential learning for multicultural students, the Center for Faith and Spirituality, and Model United Nations.
“I’m incredibly proud of and grateful to our team and the entire Carthage community, for stepping up to support the mission of Carthage College,” said Thomas Kline, vice president for institutional advancement. “The results exceed our expectations in every way, ensuring that many areas of the College receive funding that will continue to provide amazing opportunities for our students.”
Judging by the unofficial final tally, all segments of the community stood #redandready to support Carthage’s mission. Over the 24-hour period, the College received gifts from:
- 807 alumni (goal: 800)
- 329 students (goal: 300)
- 258 parents (goal: 250)
- 133 friends (goal: 100)
- 134 faculty and staff members (goal: 75)
In all, the third iteration of Giving Day raised more than $430,000 for student programming and financial aid. That surpassed the previous high of $326,000 from the 2017 event.
The daylong celebration featured a full schedule of campus events, many of them at the Campbell Student Union. In-person donors snapped up Carthage gear like socks, bucket hats, and fanny packs.
Teams from the Athletic Department competed against Carthage celebrities (including Torchie) in a “Jeopardy” style showdown, fielding trivia questions on general and Carthage-specific topics. The Red Hots Dance Team repeated as champion, tying the celebrity group for first place.
An afternoon event featured a variety of guests and performers from the campus community. Religion professor Phineas Marr performed a mini-concert with spoons, and Phil Vaccarello ’19 of the Martial Arts Club demonstrated different techniques.
Meanwhile, students and faculty alike faced off in Robotic Boxing, a life-sized homage to the original Rock ’Em Sock ’Em Robots game. And biology professor Angela Dassow let students hold exotic lizards and even bedazzle cockroaches with sequins.
President John Swallow dove into his first Giving Day. After anchoring the celebrity trivia team, he manned the phone line for a shift to welcome call-in contributions. In the evening, he pitched in as an announcer for a Special Olympics basketball game at Tarble Arena.
The giving spirit proved contagious on social media, evident in a handful of spontaneous “flash challenges.” The Music Department earned a small bonus as the College’s top-raising academic program, and Alpha Chi Omega won top honors among Greek organizations.
Beyond campus, student presenters took a break from the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Oklahoma to show their support. Alumni also hosted Giving Day events in a dozen U.S. cities.
A video from the Minneapolis event showed attendees belting out the Alma Mater in unison, while the Kenosha outing featured musicians like Benjamin Mulwana ’14 and his band 21 Hours. Half of each $10 ticket went to the Carthage Fund.
For your continuing generosity, Carthaginians, we salute you!