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We are thrilled to report that we surpassed our #FirebirdsGiveBack goal to raise $40,000 for Carthage students!

Not only did we exceed our goal, but we also broke our record from last year, raising $71,983! Over 310 donors came together to contribute to this achievement, showcasing the incredible generosity within the Carthage community.

Three of our campaigns received funding beyond their goals. The overwhelming support for student scholarships and the enhancement of the student experience has been particularly heartening. Notable funds were given to the Engineering Students Computer Fund, the Teletherapy Mental Health FundLuther’s Lunchbox, and the new S.M.A.R.T.E.R Mentoring Program — designed to boost diversity, equity, and inclusion retention among first-year students.

We also increased support to make improvements to the Wartburg Theatre lighting system, provide funding for students to engage in meaningful research through Summer Undergraduate Research Experience, and bolster Carthage Athletics!

Visit our #FirebirdsGiveBack website or our giving website to see the full impact of our community, read all the amazing and thoughtful notes from our donors, and discover which class decade secured the top spot on the leaderboard.


Thank you for every contribution made this holiday season. Each gift positively impacts our community, especially the students who will benefit most from this generosity. These results would not be possible without support from the entire Carthage community.