Foundation reports #Giving Tuesday a success for Marshall; Family Campaign kicks off

Marshall University’s kick-off of the year-end giving campaign, which took place last week on #Giving Tuesday, was a success, according to Griffin Talbott, director of annual giving at the Marshall University Foundation.

“We often note how proud we are of our Marshall alumni and friends and their generosity,” he said. “On #GivingTuesday, we received gifts totaling nearly $18,250, with $7,350 going to the Marshall University Foundation Grant for West Virginia! We are ecstatic!”

As part of the global day dedicated to giving back, Huntington Mayor Steve Williams issued a proclamation designating December 1 as #GivingTuesday for Huntington, in the Brad D. Smith Foundation Hall. Faculty and staff, along with community members, were invited to attend the ceremony, which included an appearance by Marco. #GivingTuesday, which began in 2012, is dedicated to philanthropy and volunteerism in communities by involving businesses, nonprofits, academic institutions and individuals, among others.

Marshall nursing student Tori Burdette, a scholarship recipient who spoke at the event, said, “I would just like to take this opportunity to thank scholarship donors. Without your support and dedication, I personally wouldn’t be where I am today …. For me personally my dream would still just be a dream if it hadn’t been for my donor. You may think of yourself as some ordinary person, but to those students who receive scholarships, we see you as blessing to our lives, a helping hand along the way, and for that we will forever be grateful.”

The Family Campaign, the university’s annual faculty and staff giving campaign, also began last week. Faculty and staff received a letter and payroll deduction form in campus mail. “It’s the opportunity for faculty and staff to give to their passion at Marshall. Whether it is to the school or college from which they received their degrees or a scholarship or student program they feel strongly about supporting, every gift makes a difference,” Talbott said. “Thank you for the difference YOU make in student’s lives, like Tori, by Herding them Home to Marshall and providing the necessary funding for higher education.”

The Family Campaign runs through Dec. 31.