Thousands of Jackrabbits make One Day for STATE successful

BROOKINGS – One gift every 21 seconds for 24 hours – that’s the breakdown of what Jackrabbits in 45 states and eight countries accomplished Sept. 12 during One Day for STATE. 

The SDSU Foundation’s third-annual giving day Sept. 12 celebrated what it means to be part of the Jackrabbits family and the impact that can be made through private gifts.

In 24 hours, 3,744 donors came together, raising $1,348,477. 

More than 4,100 gifts will support opportunities such as scholarships, academic programming and student experiences at SDSU. Alumni, donors, friends and students joined forces to support SDSU, even after zooming past the initial goal of 2,400 donors by 6:15 p.m.

Thanks to generous challenge donors, all gifts of any amount will help provide additional funds for academic colleges, scholarships and programs. This year, 85% of the day’s gifts were $100 or less and when combined, helped unlock an additional $370,000 in challenge funds. 

“Every gift matters,” said Erin Glidden, who is the SDSU Foundation’s director of loyalty giving. “We’re so thankful for the generosity of our challenge donors for maximizing the impact of every gift on One Day for STATE.”

One Day for STATE aimed to rally alumni, donors, friends and students in support of SDSU. Even current students joined in the culture of giving with 506 donating $6,962. 

“We want to give students a deeper connection to the university and introduce them to the idea of philanthropy,” said Heidi Hopewell, the SDSU Foundation’s assistant director of loyalty giving.

The transformational day continued with a fun-filled evening at the Yellow and Blue Block Party on the Alumni Green. In the shadow of the Coughlin Campanile, thousands came together to celebrate One Day for STATE. The block party was complete with a performance by The Pride of the Dakotas Marching Band, SDSU ice cream, local food trucks and various children’s activities.

One Day for STATE and the Yellow and Blue Block Party would not have been possible without support from the Jackrabbits family. Whether one gave a gift, donated time and talents or simply celebrated SDSU Sept. 12, it truly made a difference for current and future Jackrabbits, organizers say.

In 2017, One Day for STATE raised nearly $300,000 from 1,196 donors. In 2018, the fundraising total came to nearly $575,000 from 2,138 donors.

COURTESY OF: The Brookings Register

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