24-hour Event Seeks Alumni Gifts of All Sizes
MELBOURNE, FLA. — Florida Institute of Technology will hold its 4th annual Day of Giving starting at midnight Tuesday, Nov. 27, 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/ is counting down to the midnight kick-off and, on Nov. 27, will keep a tally with a live leaderboard showing real-time dollars and donors for each participating college, team and unit, as well as overall totals.
The Florida Tech Alumni Association Facebook page will also be active with donor challenges, updates and live videos from celebrations on campus. And from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Panther Plaza, there will be special events and activities to help boost the Day of Giving presence on campus.
The goal is to secure participation by obtaining gifts of all sizes from as many Florida Tech alumni as possible during this 24-hour time period. The goal this year is 1,958 donors to commemorate Florida Tech’s founding 60 years ago, on Sept. 22, 1958. (Take a quick tour of Florida Tech’s early days in this Day of Giving video.)
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.
In addition to the colleges, the university’s athletic teams, botanical garden, museums, Evans Library, weVENTURE and WFIT-FM 89.5 are participating.
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 Mary Ida Spradlin, assistant director of annual giving, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 321-674-8696.