As the final seconds of a remarkable, record-smashing day of support for CSU were ticking away, the only remaining question was whether Love Your State Day of Giving would reach its goal of 3,000 total gifts.
And then it happened: Gift No. 3,000 finally came in – exactly 38 seconds before the midnight deadline.
“Putting an ambitious goal out into the world does give you a case of the jitters, but watching how the CSU community came together all day, and especially in the last stretch, to help us reach that goal gives you a feeling of gratitude like no other,” said Thea Rounsaville, assistant director of annual giving. “It’s a beautiful reminder of how strong the Ram community is and how powerful the collective impact of many can be.”
Simply put: The third Love Your State Day of Giving was a tremendous success. As of Thursday morning, the 24-hour give-a-thon to support CSU causes large and small had raised $221,747 from 3,038 gifts.
Gifts came from across the country, with only Kentucky and Delaware not represented. Gifts ranged in size from $1 to $10,000, with the average donation $73.
“The support for CSU’s Love Your State Day of Giving was tremendous! We’ve never before had so many gifts in a single day,” said Brett Anderson, vice president for University Advancement. “Each and every gift, from the one dollar investment to the $10,000 donation is meaningful and impactful. We cannot thank our students, alumni, friends, faculty and staff enough for showing their love and tipping the scales on all of the goals for this day.”
Tremendous growth in 3 years
Some perspective: Last year, 1,974 donations totaling $127,245 came in; donors provided 766 gifts totaling $20,000 in 2015 in the inaugural year for Love Your State Day of Giving. So, in two years the number of gifts has increased by nearly four-fold and the money raised has seen an 11-fold increase!
Here’s even more good news: Gifts are still being accepted, so if you missed the deadline Wednesday you can still make an impact by donating here.