Engineering is No. 2 in funds raised in 2019 Giving Day campaign

Commodores around the globe made gifts in support of hundreds of areas of the university on April 4 for Vanderbilt’s annual Giving Day. (photo by Peyton Hoge)

Over 750 donors contributed more than $500,000 to the School of Engineering on April 4 during Vanderbilt Giving Day, the university’s  fourth annual 24-hour fundraising campaign.

The school ranked No. 2 in most money raised. The College of Arts and Science raised more than $5 million. The school ranked No. 4 in number of donors (791), behind the College of Arts and Science (1,550), Vanderbilt University-Other (1,103) and the National Commodore Club-Athletics (934).

The campaign’s results are still being calculated due to offline gifts for Giving Day. Total numbers of donors and dollars raised may fluctuate.

“Thank you everyone whose gift contributes to 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 university exceeded its goal with more than 8,200 donors responding in 24 hours. Members of the Vanderbilt community joined together to raise more than $9.4 million in support of hundreds of areas of the university. These funds support of hundreds of areas of the university, including all 10 schools, Athletics, Experience Vanderbilt, Opportunity Vanderbilt and a wide array of student organizations.

The Giving Day totals include a $1,250,000 challenge gift that was unlocked when the 7,800 overall donor goal was met.

“We are extremely appreciative of the tremendous display of generosity and pride by so many on Giving Day,” said Melinda Phillips, assistant vice chancellor for annual giving. “The gifts made in just 24 hours will have an incredible impact for years to come in the form of scholarships, new programs, research funds, study abroad opportunities and so much more.”

This year, gifts ranged in size from $1 to $5 million, Phillips said. The class of 2014 rallied the most classmates to give back, with 185 members contributing. The Class of 1969 raised the most funds of any class, giving almost $150,000.

Last year, more than 7,000 people made contributions of all sizes totaling nearly $6 million.

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Brenda Ellis, (615) 343-6314