West Virginia University alumni and friends are being encouraged to make a gift to the University on Wednesday, Nov. 13, as part of the third annual WVU Day of Giving.
The WVU Foundation is organizing the 24-hour online fundraising event as a convenient way for supporters to contribute to the University. Last year, over $6 million was raised.
“In just two years, the annual Day of Giving has become a great day for West Virginia University,” President Gordon Gee said. “We are proud of the success we have in raising funds for our students. But perhaps even more important is the success this day brings in building relationships and generating excitement across the West Virginia University system. We come together to give for a great cause – our University.”
Foundation officials have noted that as higher education costs increase and available funding decreases, private support is vital to moving the University forward.
The Foundation and University will use e-mail and social media to spread the word to alumni and supporters about the special day of giving. An online donation page has been set up as an easy way for people to make a gift online. The website is https://dayofgiving.wvu.edu.
The WVU Day of Giving is a University-wide event including the main campus in Morgantown, WVU Health Sciences, and the divisional campuses, including Potomac State College in Keyser and WVU Institute of Technology in Beckley.
“We are thrilled for the third annual WVU Day of Giving,” said Mary Esposito, who is leading the effort for the Foundation. “It is an exciting day as Mountaineers across the nation come together to support West Virginia University by making a gift to the area on campus that means the most to them.”
During last year’s WVU Day of Giving, over 3,000 gifts were made, including contributions from 635 first-time donors.