On March 27, NC State celebrated its first Day of Giving — a 24-hour fundraising event designed to unite the Wolfpack in support of the university. The day featured special giving and social media challenges, college-on-college competitions and other activities to encourage the NC State community in #GivingPack.
By the end of the day, the College of Sciences:
- Raised $722,928 for student programs, scholarships, research, outreach and other initiatives.
- Counted 587 gifts from 388 donors, good for third place on the Red Division Leaderboard and fourth place among NC State’s 10 colleges.
- Earned $20,000 thanks to donor participation to meet a challenge established by alumnus and Sciences Campaign Chair Dean Bunce and his wife, Gail. $5,000 of those challenge funds went to the Department of Biological Sciences.
- Won the university-wide challenge for receiving the most alumni gifts from noon to 1 p.m. This earned the college an extra $3,000.
- Won the David Thompson Challenge, celebrating one of the best to ever wear the Wolfpack jersey, when a Sciences supporter posted the 44th original tweet using #GivingPack between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. This earned the college an additional $2,000.
- Won the Long-Distance Challenge when a Sciences donor from Perth, Australia, made a gift. This earned the college another $3,000.
As a whole, NC State raised $13.5 million from 10,810 gifts over the 24 hours. The money will go toward NC State’s $1.6 billion Think and Do the Extraordinary campaign to support scholarships, research, programs and facilities that will drive the university forward. The college’s Office of Advancement celebrated with the Sciences community throughout the day with giveaways, food and spirit activities.
“Today exceeded our expectations,” said Chris McGahan, dean of the college. “We are so thankful for the generosity of our College of Sciences family, on Day of Giving and every day, that helps make the college an even better place to think and do.”