MELBOURNE, FLA. — From across the United States and around the world, Florida Tech alumni showed their Panther pride by making donations to their alma mater for Day of Giving on Nov. 19.
The 24-hour event attracted more than 2,540 donors. Their donations and gifts received through the Fall generated more than $354,000 for essential Florida Tech needs.
Day of Giving pledges came in from 48 states and across the globe, from Argentina to Norway, with donations given to various groups and programs at the university.
With pledges and previous gifts, the top giving amount went to the Panther Fund, which exceeded $91,000. Athletics raised over $80,000. The Deans Funds, led by their advisory board members, raised $73,500. An additional $45,000 went to the student emergency relief fund. Among the colleges, the College of Engineering and Science led the way with more than $41,000 pledged.
“The volume of support for multiple programs and needs at Florida Tech truly shows how deeply our alumni care about every facet of their university,” said Gary Grant, senior vice president for development. “We are very thankful to everyone who contributed and to all of those here on the ground, including alumni, alumni board members and faculty ambassadors, who made such an exciting and successful event possible.”
The importance of participation in Day of Giving goes beyond any particular amount of money raised, Grant noted. 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 & World Report, perceive the success of a university and how they ultimately rank it.