05/02/2017 1:57 pm
Rockford University held its third annual Day of Giving on Wednesday, April 26. Pledges and donations received for the day totaled $22,184 and will be applied to the Rubin Education Challenge grant which provides a dollar to dollar match for every dollar given, boosting the day’s total contribution to $44,368.
The Day of Giving’s goal is to harness the power of social media and electronic communications during a 24-hour blitz to raise funds and awareness about the importance of philanthropy. Challenges, incentives and special guests were featured to encourage engagement and participation throughout the day.
With an impressive turnout, 2017 Day of Giving totals surpassed the previous year’s donations of $12,632. The University looks forward to continuing its online giving efforts through annual Day of Giving events.
About the Rubin Education Challenge:
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.
For more information about the Rockford University Day of Giving, or to support the University, visit www.rockford.edu/give/dayofgiving/.
Pictured above – Reggie the Regent checks in on progress during the Day of Giving at Rockford University.
Contact: Rita Elliott, Director of Communications, 815.226.3374
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