Supporting USF Students On Giving Tuesday

by Samantha Marquez, Office of Development Communications

On Tuesday, November 28 the University of San Francisco accomplished its goal of securing 300 donors before midnight to make a profound impact on the lives of USF students.

Giving Tuesday, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, is a global movement about embracing the spirit of philanthropy and giving back to help transform lives, organizations, and communities.

This year, over 300 USF donors rallied together to raise over $68,400. The top funds supported this year were the USF Fund, the USF Scholarship Fund, the School of Law Assembly Fund, and the School of Education Fund.

Last academic year, the community raised over $45,000 on Giving Tuesday to support USF, which helped the university award over $78 million in need-based scholarships and grants to undergraduates and $17.5 million to graduate, professional, and law students.

“We want our students to not only enroll and study at USF, but to thrive here,” said Julie Orio, vice president of student life. “To live their most full lives with access to every resource needed for physical, emotional, spiritual, and financial well-being.”

For the first time ever, USF celebrated the generosity of our community by creating a series of interactive virtual challenges. These games invited audience members to name different USF icons, putting together the puzzle pieces that help create the unique USF experience. The series of interactive games helped make this year’s Giving Tuesday particularly special with over 440 people participating.

Jason Walker, senior director of annual giving, said, “When we asked supporters and friends to join in for Giving Tuesday, we knew our community would support us, but we were overwhelmed by the collective generosity of our entire USF community.”

If you were unable to donate on Giving Tuesday, it’s not too late to join in on the giving season and make your gift now.

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