MELBOURNE, FLA. — Florida Tech alumni in the U.S. and around the world unleashed their generosity for the university’s 7th annual Day of Giving fundraiser on Tuesday, donating more than $550,000 during the 24-hour event.
The university tallied 2,857 donors who gave $558,881, a 58 percent increase over 2020’s Day of Giving pledges. Donations came in from more than 40 states and 16 countries. The university also received $220,000 in matching gifts.
“Our Florida Tech Panthers showed the relentless spirit of determination for which their alma mater is known,” said Gary Grant, senior vice president of development. “We are deeply thankful for their gifts 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.”
With the slogan ‘Our University. Our Future. Come to Play on Giving Day!’ Florida Tech’s Day of Giving included several unique events such as Family Feud with a university twist, the 2nd Annual Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament, and a Rocket League tournament. The day featured a 24-hour live stream located at the university’s new Esports Center.
The importance of participation in Day of Giving goes beyond the 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.