A record-breaking Day of Giving
The goal was 1860 donors in 1860 minutes for A Day of Giving in honor of Augustana’s founding in 1860.
Loyal Vikings came through in a big way!
On April 9-10, a total of 2,174 donors — the most ever on A Day of Giving — supported the college with gifts totaling $417,164. Nearly 375 students and 275 faculty/staff, also record-breakers, stepped up to support the college.
“This show of pride will allow us to advance the college and our goals,” said Kent Barnds, executive vice president for external affairs. “To all those who helped A Day of Giving a success, we thank you.”
The day was not all work and no play.
Prior to and on A Day of Giving, President Steve Bahls and Kai Swanson ’86, special assistant to the president, drove the Augie Thank-you Mobile to the homes, businesses and schools of unsuspecting alumni donors. In the spirit of the Publishers Clearing House at-the-door-surprise, the five alumni were greeted with balloons, a basket of all things Augie, and gratitude for their support. They were Dick ’56 and Lucia Anderson ’58 Moore, John Glimco ’83, Jessica Waytenick ’99 and Darien Marion-Burton ’15.
“I’m speechless,” joked a beaming Lucia Moore, “and that’s a rare thing for me.”
On campus for A Day of Giving, students organized the Lower Quad Takeover with a petting zoo, live music, food and prizes. The event brought in a record number of student gifts. Staff and faculty competed in the Battle of the Buildings to see which building(s) could garner the highest percentage of donors. Brodahl and Fryxell/Swenson Geosciences tied for first place with the highest employee participation of 100%!
Off campus, Radicle Effect Brewerks in Rock Island and Goose Island in Chicago competed to see which could attract the most donors during the evening. The Quad Cities won this Battle of the Brews!
All of the gifts made on A Day of Giving by alumni, faculty/staff, parents, friends of the college—and even one prospective student—count toward the college’s current $125-million AUGUSTANA NOW fund-raising campaign.