Benefactors gift more than $1.3 million on NDSU’s fifth annual Giving Day

Fargo, N.D. — NDSU’s fifth annual Giving Day raised more than $1,346,000. This is the first time the total has surpassed a million dollars in the history of the event. The online, grassroots fundraising campaign also secured a record number of gifts: more than 1,700. In 2019, benefactors gifted just over $939,000 and recorded about 1,300 gifts.

“The generosity of our alumni, friends, faculty, staff, and students is an amazing testament to the power of this university community,” NDSU President Dean L. Bresciani said. “The phenomenal breadth of donors and their commitment to the mission of NDSU as we work to improve the lives of North Dakotans is extremely exciting and gratifying. Every year the results have exceeded expectations, and this year’s total sets an unimaginable record. Thank you, everyone!”

Giving Day is 27-hours of philanthropy enhanced by benefactors pledging gifts for matches and challenges prior to Giving Day to inspire others to give. By driving messaging mainly through social media platforms, NDSU alumni and friends build momentum and excitement throughout the event.

“I woke up yesterday morning at 3 a.m. and nearly $30,000 had already been given,” John Glover, NDSU Foundation president and CEO, said. “At that moment, I knew the Herd was off on a stampede for this fantastic Giving Day. We are so grateful for the tremendous generosity of our alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends. It’s incredible to see Bison Nation come together to support this great university in this time of need.”

Every gift made on NDSU’s Giving Day counts toward the $400 million goal of “In Our Hands: The Campaign for North Dakota State University,” which publicly launched in Oct. 2019. As of Oct. 31, 2020, the campaign has raised more than $377,800,000 to enhance the NDSU experience.


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Nicole Thom-Arens
Director of Communications
NDSU Foundation
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