NC State Day of Giving focuses on student impact
NC State held its second annual Day of Giving — a 24-hour fundraising campaign to maximize support for the University — on Sept. 16, 2020, and the College of Engineering’s alumni and friends showed the strength that is the Wolfpack.
After being rescheduled from March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the theme of the fall event, “Stronger as a Pack,” put emphasis on increasing need-based scholarships, emergency needs of students related to coronavirus and promoting efforts to create a more inclusive university experience.
The College of Engineering raised $1,243,338 from 934 gifts and was the number one college at the University for gifts received. Additionally, the College was recognized for receiving the most out-of-state gifts for the second year in a row.
“This year’s Day of Giving brought our alumni and friends together in a time of unique need. The kinds of funds raised on Day of Giving have an immediate impact on our students and nine academic departments,” said Griffin Lamb, executive director of the NC State Engineering Foundation, Inc. “There is no doubt in my mind that we are stronger as a pack, and I hope our students feel the support of those alumni who have gone before them.”
Three academic departments within the College worked to raise additional funds by meeting challenge gifts set by alumni and friends.
In honor of Chancellor Randy Woodson and to celebrate the second annual Day of Giving, alumnus Tony Brown ’83 donated $10,000 to the Department of Computer Science when the Computer Science Enhancement Fund received 50 gifts.
When the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) received 100 gifts, the CCEE Industry Advisory Board donated an additional $11,500 to the Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering Enhancement Fund.
The ISE Advisory Board matched gifts to the ISE Enhancement Fund dollar for dollar, up to $10,000, to advance the work of the Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering.
All three challenges were met by the departments.
On the day, the College competed in the Red Division Leaderboard against five other colleges and programs. With use of the #GivingPack hashtag on social media, the NC State Engineering community kept conversation going and helped the College win several giving challenges, including the Show us your Pack Pets challenge — where followers were asked to post a photo of their pet in Wolfpack gear — winning the College an additional $3,000.
At the end of the day, the University received 8,230 gifts totaling $23,223,425 — an increase of nearly $10 million from 2019’s event. Donors from all 50 states participated in the event.