24-hour Event Seeks Alumni Gifts of All Sizes
MELBOURNE, FLA. — Florida Institute of Technology will hold its 2nd annual Day of Giving starting at midnight Tuesday, Nov. 29, giving Panthers from around the world the chance to support their university.
Florida Tech’s Day of Giving is held in conjunction with the international effort known as Giving Tuesday. Introduced in the United States in 2012, Giving Tuesday, which follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday, is a day of international philanthropy benefiting non-profit organizations.
The Day of Giving website at http://dayofgiving.fit.edu/ will count down to the kick-off and, on Nov. 29, keep a real-time tally with a live leaderboard. Links to social media will also be available. The goal will be to secure participation by obtaining gifts of all sizes from as many Florida Tech alumni as possible during this 24-hour time period.
The importance of participation goes beyond any particular amount of money raised. No matter the size of individual donations, the level of alumni participation overall is a key factor in how organizations, including the influential ranking publication U.S. News and World Report, perceive the success of an institute and how they ultimately rank it.
The first Day of Giving, held Dec. 1, 2015, attracted 1,499 donors from 63 countries, and organizers of this year’s event are hoping to top those totals.
Led by the deans of each of Florida Tech’s five colleges, participants will be able to help their favorite college win prize money. The college garnering the most donations – last year it was the College of Aeronautics – will win a $15,000 grand prize.
In addition to the colleges, the university’s athletic teams, botanical garden, museums, Evans Library, weVENTURE and WFIT-FM 89.5 are participating. Donors can direct their gift to a specific area or split their gift between multiple groups.
The money raised will support Florida Tech’s greatest needs, including financial aid, research and student activities.
For more information leading up to Day of Giving, please contact Kim Amidon at email@example.com or 321-674-6141.