24-hour Event Generates Funding
for Critical University Needs
MELBOURNE, FLA. — More than 1,800 Florida Institute of Technology alumni from around the world donated to their alma mater for Florida Tech’s 3rd annual Day of Giving on Nov. 28.
Donors from 53 countries pledged more than $143,000 during the 24-hour fundraising event, 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 leading recipient at Florida Tech was the Athletics Department, which had 821 donors and $78,000 in gifts. Other recipients included the university’s five colleges, the Panther Fund, Evans Library, WFIT FM-89.5, the Botanical Garden, University Museums and weVENTURE.
The money raised will support Florida Tech’s greatest needs, including financial aid, research and student activities.
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 a university and how they ultimately rank it.
“We asked our global network of Florida Tech Panthers to step up, and they did in a major way,” said Bino Campanini, vice president of alumni affairs. “We are so thankful for their generosity and so proud to have alumni who value their alma mater and appreciate the impact it had on their lives and the impact it will have on so many future lives.”