Arkansas State University pulled in more than $1 million in donations on its inaugural Day of Giving.
The Jonesboro-based university held its 1,909-minute campaign on Tuesday, April 27. At the end of the day, A-State had received $1,039,738 from 742 donors. In total, there were more than 1,000 gifts made to the university.
“For our first-ever event, the response was outstanding,” Chancellor Kelly Damphousse said in a statement. “As much as the final total, I am extremely impressed with the wide range of people who joined in. Students, faculty, and staff joined with alumni and community friends to make an impact on the university we all love.”
Scholarships were the major focus of the campaign. “We were humbled by the number of individuals who wanted to do something for our current students,” Dr. Erika Krennerich Chudy, vice chancellor for university advancement, said. “It’s wonderful to have support for projects, but nothing impacts students and their ability to achieve their academic goals like a private scholarship.”
Donors could also earmark their gifts for specific A-State organizations, academic programs or causes. According to the university, the top overall performers during the Day of Giving were theA-State Athletics, the Bradbury Art Museum and KASU, while the top performing causes were the American Red Wolf Conservation Fund, the A-State Student Emergency Fund and the 2021 Senior Class Gift Fund.
The academic programs that received the most support included the College of Agriculture, the College of Education and Behavioral Science, and the College of Liberal Arts and Communication, according to an A-State release.