The Shippensburg University Foundation will host its first #SHIPGIVES Giving Day on Wednesday at noon.
Giving Day is an attempt by the SU Foundation to raise funds by reaching out to students, faculty, alumni and anyone associated with the university. The SU Foundation strives to have at least 100 donors by the end of the 24-hour window, according to the foundation’s annual fund director, Justin Forget.
People can donate with cash or online, where they can watch the donations grow and see the direct impact charity can have.
Forget said donors can select from a variety of choices to where their donations go.
The foundation created funding priorities for students, parents and alumni after analyzing a survey distributed a few weeks ago that asked, “If you could make an impact on Ship in just one day, what would you do?”
The organization is dedicated to raising money for the most needed areas of SU, such as textbook scholarships, first-year student experience, athletics, the three colleges and more.
The #SHIPGIVES campaign is hosting its kickoff event at the Ceddia Union Building (CUB) from noon to 3 p.m. on Wednesday.
The campaign will continue later in the evening during happy hour at the Courtyard by Marriott Shippensburg, when faculty, alumni and students can continue to donate.
The foundation will continue the #SHIPGIVES campaign from 10 a.m. to noon. on Thursday. Coffee and donuts will be provided.
In return for a donation of $25 or more, donors receive a pair of exclusive SU socks that can be found on the SU Foundation website.
Forget said that the idea of Giving Day was borrowed from the idea of Giving Tuesday, the global effort to increase philanthropy.
“Giving Day is an attempt to get recognized and break free from the noise of Giving Tuesday,” he said.
Forget added that the SU Student Foundation focuses specifically on the students’ education opportunities and college experience.
The Student Foundation also seeks to educate students on the importance of philanthropy.
To gain recognition, the SU Foundation distributed emails, on-campus promotions, Google ads and support from Phonathon.
To learn more about the #SHIPGIVES campaign, visit the foundation’s website at www.tinyurl.com/SHIPGIVES.