When the Carthage Good News Network signed off for the night, it was time to broadcast the best news of all: Giving Day 2021 was a rousing success.
Thanks to the generosity of alumni, parents, employees, students, and other supporters, Carthage exceeded its primary goal with 1,037 gifts on April 7.
That unlocked a $250,000 “challenge gift” that the Board of Trustees had pledged if the College reached its target of 1,021 gifts. That number was chosen in part to honor the resilient Class of 2021.
Based on preliminary calculations, the Carthage community responded with more than $217,500 in gifts for student-centered programs and financial aid during the annual 24-hour fundraising sprint.
Besides monetary contributors, those who donated nonperishable food to Luther’s Lunchbox on Giving Day could count toward this year’s donor goal. Managed by the Center for Faith and Spirituality, the self-serve shelves in A. F. Siebert Chapel provide supplemental food for students on the go.
After an onslaught of terrible events dominated world headlines in 2020, the College adopted the Good News Network theme and hashtag for the 2021 festivities. Students Natalie Lall ’22 and Nate Myers ’23 took turns relaying information from the anchor desk, while participants shared uplifting thoughts and updates on social media.
Exercising caution as health concerns from the global pandemic lingered, the Office of Institutional Advancement held a virtual celebration in place of the face-to-face events traditionally organized on campus and in cities where alumni are clustered. Vice President Tom Kline and longtime staff member Jane Anderson Spencer ’80 led a high-energy party with bingo, Carthage trivia, a DJ, and lots of prizes.
The fundraising total includes gifts designated for specific programs and scholarships in nine separate mini-challenges. Carthaginians matched contributions from like-minded donors to support equity and inclusion, athletics, mental health, J-Term travel, civic leadership, the fine arts, and other areas.
It’s hardly breaking news, but we’ll repeat it anyway: