Engineering donors push school to No. 2 on Vanderbilt Giving Day

More than 7,000 members of the Vanderbilt community came together Tuesday, June 5, to raise nearly $6 million for the university and its students on Vanderbilt’s third annual Giving Day, setting a new record for giving participation in 24 hours.

The School of Engineering ranked No. 2 in number of donors with 699 contributions directed to school funds. The College of Arts and Science was first with 1,414 donors. The National Commodore Club was No. 3 with 587 donors.

Engineering was No. 6 in most funds raised, receiving $107,508.42. Vanderbilt University (general purposes) led donations with $3,642,346.20.

Philippe Fauchet

“Thank you to everyone whose contributions will support the important mission of the school and the university,” said Dean Philippe Fauchet. “The donors’ generosity helps create opportunities to impact the student experience and support faculty who do pioneering research.”

The Giving Day totals include an $800,000 challenge gift that was unlocked when the 6,300 overall donor goal was met and a $200,000 challenge gift that was secured when the 1,000 G.O.L.D. (graduates of the last decade) donor goal was met.

Giving Day 2018 built on the success of last year’s 24-hour giving campaign, bringing in more than twice as much in gifts than in 2017. Gifts will be put to use immediately to fund things such as scholarships, career development, study-abroad opportunities and athletic programs.

Additionally, 1,100 alumni and friends spread the #give4thegold spirit by serving as Giving Day Ambassadors, and hundreds of alumni and friends showed their pride on social media by sharing their reasons for giving.

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Contact: Brenda Ellis, 615 343-6314