“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill
What is #GivingTuesday?
#GivingTuesday, a purely social media-based event that began in 2012, is dedicated to philanthropy and community voluntarism. It follows Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.
Last year, the Marshall University Foundation received gifts totaling nearly $18,250, with $7,350 supporting the Marshall University Foundation’s Grant for West Virginia Students. The additional $10,900 was designated by donors to support various areas of the university. As a university, we believe in the importance of education and lifelong learning. This #GivingTuesday, it is time to Move Mountains.
Moving Mountains is the effort benefiting the Marshall University Student Disaster Relief Fund. It is designed to support students who are in dire need of tuition assistance. Easing an educational burden for our students is crucial in this time of rebuilding, which is why we have set this year’s goal at $20,000.
This year, #GivingTuesday will be held on Tuesday, November 29. Every gift made on this day will be designated to the disaster relief fund to help students reach their full potential despite the obstacles life presents. Donors contributing gifts of $100 or more on that day will receive a limited edition John Marshall Statue bobblehead (allow 6-8 weeks for delivery).
How else can I give to Marshall University?
Through The Annual Fund, the University’s annual giving program, you can designate your gift to benefit the school or academic program of your choice. Or you can allocate your gift to Marshall University’s Greatest Needs, where it will be used for immediate needs such as merit scholarships; undergraduate research support and graduate fellowships; faculty hiring and retention; career networking and admissions programs.
The Annual Fund raises unrestricted funds for the University’s Greatest Needs as well as for individual colleges. This annual program runs with the University’s fiscal year (July 1 through June 30). The Annual Fund regularly seeks gifts through a student-staffed telephone outreach program, mail appeals and online giving.
Annual Fund dollars go to the areas of greatest need on campus such as general scholarships, library materials, student activities, multicultural programs, campus technology upgrades, and so much more. Annual Fund contributions designated to an individual college help support a variety of projects including guest lectures, department scholarships, faculty development, classroom equipment and student/faculty research.
How do I contact the office of Annual Giving?
You can contact Griffin Talbott, Director of Annual Giving at (304) 696-6214 or by using our online contact form.