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April 26 Day of Giving will support scholarship with matching gifts

04/13/2017 3:27 pm

Rockford University will hold its third annual Day of Giving on Wednesday, April 26. The day’s goal is to harness the power of social media during a 24-hour blitz to raise funds for student scholarships. Challenges, fun incentives and special guests will be featured to encourage engagement and participation throughout the day. This year, proceeds will directly support Rockford University’s participation in the Rubin Education Challenge with a dollar to dollar match, doubling the impact for every dollar given on April 26.

In December 2015, Rockford University and the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL) announced the University’s participation in the Rubin Education Challenge, a challenge grant offered by CFNIL to build scholarship endowments benefiting local students with financial need who attend local post-secondary institutions. Together, Rockford University and CFNIL will build a $3 million endowment, with CFNIL matching every dollar contributed by the University and its donors. The program is named after Dr. Louis and Violet Rubin whose $24.5 million gift to CFNIL made the matching endowments possible.

Each year, Rockford University awards more than $10 million in institutional aid, scholarship and grants, including $2 million awarded directly to students from the region. These funds are part of the University’s commitment to its students. The Rubin Education Challenge provides additional flexibility within the University’s existing financial aid commitments, further enhancing the ability to enrich academic and co-curricular programs for all students.

To participate or follow Rockford University’s progress during the 2017 Day of Giving, connect with the University’s primary social media channels and use hashtags #RUNeedsU and #WeAreReady2017!