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IWU's Give Day aims to raise $50K

BY HEATHER COX - hcox@chronicle-tribune.com

Indiana Wesleyan University will host its annual Give Day next week, to rally alumni, family and friends of the university together to focus on raising money for students and a variety of university programs in a period of 24 hours.

Director of Annual Giving, Jennifer Fox, said there are six areas people can make contributions to that are the focus of this year’s Give Day. These include scholarships for IWU National and Global students, Wesley Seminary, IWU athletics, the Division of Music, IWU School of Nursing and a general IWU Student Fund which benefits all students.

Some of these areas will also have challenges and matches to make the day of giving fun and to encourage people to share the cause with friends and family.

For example, a donor has said that if 100 donors contribute to the IWU Student Fund, they will donate an additional $10,000 to the fund.

Fox said $31,000 was raised last year from 503 donors, which was a sixfold dollar increase and a tenfold donor count increase from 2017. This year’s goal is to raise $50,000.

This is the second year Give Day will be both community- and university-wide, according to Fox and will take place on Feb. 12.

When it comes to Give Day, Fox said she enjoys hearing the stories individuals share about how IWU has impacted them, demonstrating IWU pride.

“We believe in the mission of IWU, we believe in our students and we believe in providing a high quality education. Give Day provides the opportunity financially to support that belief,” she said. “ … My hope is that more individuals will come together and show their pride and support for Indiana Wesleyan and its students.”

Scott Turcott, vice president for University Advancement, said since the majority of those who participate in giving are alumni, he would encourage them to reflect on their positive experiences from IWU.

“And to remember that someone made gifts to make that possible, so consider what they might do to further that effort,” he said.

Turcott said he hopes this Give Day continues to establish a community of generosity and for the support to only get stronger.

“It would be great to have another tenfold (increase) in participation,” he said. “That’s really tough to do two years in a row, but if we could double last year’s participation, I would be really excited about that.”

In addition to a focus on raising funds on Give Day, the residential campus will also have activities to get students engaged as well, by writing thank you notes and playing games.

For more information on the six areas for contribution, individuals can visit giveday.indwes.edu.