Some good news: Purdue Day of Giving raises record $ 42.2 million

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – In a year of change and uncertainty, one thing remains constant: Purdue Day of Giving has once again set a fundraising record.

The 24-hour social media-based event – now in its seventh year – raised $ 42.2 million, surpassing last year’s 41.6 million and reaching a cumulative total of 189.1 million of dollars. Since totaling $ 7.5 million in 2014, Purdue Day of Giving (September 9) has seen an increase in giving every year since (see YouTube thank-you video).

Under the theme “Rise to the Challenge,” Purdue Day of Giving brought in 20,224 gifts from around the world. The fundraising initiative usually takes place in April but has been postponed this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In a year like no other, the Purdue family have come together in a remarkable – now familiar – way,” said Purdue President Mitch Daniels. “Pandemic or not, we never stop in our persistent pursuit of the next giant leap. Our generous donors help ensure that a Purdue education remains the gold standard in higher education and that our university continues to serve as a driver of innovation and impact. To everyone who made a donation: Thank you.

From midnight to midnight, alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff, retirees and friends from across the Purdue system – including Purdue Fort Wayne, Purdue Northwest and Purdue Global – came together to support their campus, college, school, program or student organization. A Protect Purdue fund was added this year as an option that donors could contribute to. The Protect Purdue Plan is the university’s comprehensive program to keep the West Lafayette campus and community safe by limiting the spread of COVID-19. Donations to protect Purdue were matched one-on-one through a donor-funded challenge.

Across 30 hourly challenges and six full-day challenges, 70 academic and non-academic programs competed for cash prizes. New for this year was a special ‘Meet the Challenge’ leaderboard, where participating units that beat their 2019 Purdue Day of Giving giveaway total win a game of $ 20,000, based on their percentage of the increase. total of all units. In addition, 220 student organizations took part in a challenge especially for them.

Contributions ranged from $ 10 to an $ 8 million donation made to the College of Health and Humanities at West Lafayette Campus for student support. They have targeted a range of initiatives and programs, scholarship and student program funding, faculty research, university programs and more. About 92% of all donations were made online.

Among the gifts offered by Purdue Day of Giving:

  • $ 1 Million to Purdue Athletics’ More Than a Game Campaign from Head Football Coach Jeff Brohm, Head Men’s Basketball Coach L. Dick Buell Matt Painter, Head Coach basketball player Sharon Versyp and intercollegiate athletics director Mike Bobinski.
  • $ 1 million from an anonymous donor to establish the David Robert Lewis Engineering Scholarship to increase opportunities for black students studying engineering at Purdue. The scholarship is named after the first black graduate of the College of Engineering, who graduated with a civil engineering degree in 1894.
  • A large donation from Scott and Erin Schultz to endow the Wrigley and Cindy for Life Pet Fund at the College of Veterinary Medicine. The fund, named in memory of donor pet boxer Wrigley and in honor of a Vet Med staff member who helped them manage their dog’s care at Purdue Veterinary Teaching Hospital, will provide financial assistance pet owners for whom cost is a barrier to seeking care for their animals.
  • $ 48,000 from the Purdue Engineering Student Council to fund scholarships for engineering students affected by COVID-19.
  • $ 30,000 from Duneland Health Council to Purdue Northwest’s College of Nursing.
  • $ 5,000 to Purdue Bands & Orchestras by Sven Rundman Jr., Sven Rundman III and Sven Rundman IV. Family members – who each played snare drums in Purdue’s “All-American” Marching Band – lent their support to the “Name a Locker” campaign for the Marc and Sharon Hagle Hall building project.
  • $ 20 to Purdue Rising Professionals – a companion program to Purdue Old Masters – by Mitchell Demerly, a senior in computer science and economics. Demerly’s midnight gift to kick off Purdue Day of Giving was the event’s first contribution, earning the organization $ 500 in bonus funds. “Much of my experience as a Boilermaker would not have been possible without the dedication of our alumni to continue to provide and enhance this very experience,” he said. “I am giving to Purdue to allow students to make a difference in their time here.”

“Purdue Day of Giving shows how special our Purdue family is – how willing they are to pay it back no matter what,” said Matt Folk, President and CEO of the Purdue for Life Foundation and vice-president for academic advancement and alumni engagement. . “We can always count on the loyalty and generosity of our alumni and friends. Thank you all for making this year such a success.

To view the Purdue Day of Giving thank you video and the Hourly Challenge and Full Day Challenge winners, visit

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Editor, Media Contact: Lisa Tally, 765-337-4634, [email protected]

Sources: Matt Folk, [email protected]

Mitch Daniels, [email protected]

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