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Rockford University’s Day of Giving Surpasses $86,500 in gifts

04/29/2021 11:00 am

Record Amount of Donations and Donors Enhance Opportunities for Students


Rockford, IL (April 29, 2021) – Rockford University, the region’s leading private four-year institution, today announced that its seventh annual Day of Giving event raised more than $86,500 for its annual fund in just 24 hours through social media platforms.

The Day of Giving, held on April 28, harnessed the power of social media to raise funds that provide support all across our campus in areas like student scholarships, campus improvement, student life, and academic excellence.

This year’s campaign raised $86,594, a 98.5 percent increase over last year with a record number of donors – 341 – a 29 percent increase over last year. Donations were made by individuals across the country and throughout the world and are still being accepted through the Day of Giving website:

“Day of Giving 2021 was an incredible day in the history of Rockford University,” said Stephen Kull, Vice President for Advancement, Rockford University. “Thank you to all of our supporters who continue to step up and invest in Rockford’s only four-year institution. With record-breaking fall enrollment, coupled with another record-breaking Day of Giving, we remain strong and ready to continue positively influencing our students’ lives. I want to express my sincere gratitude to the Rockford University Board of Trustees, who, through 100 percent buy-in, provided a significant dollar-for-dollar match. Sincere thanks also to our Alumni Board and other donors who encouraged contributions with matching dollars. We are proud to be known as Rockford’s university and consider it both a privilege and responsibility.”

Each year, Rockford University awards more than $10 million in institutional aid, scholarships, and grants, including $2 million awarded directly to students from the region. This financial aid, made possible in part by generous alumni and friends, puts the university’s top-ranked education within reach for students who might not otherwise be able to attend.



Rockford University is a private four-year, co-educational institution founded in 1847 offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in traditional liberal arts and professional fields. The University offers more than 80 majors, minors, and concentrations, including the bachelor’s degree completion program for a B.S. in Management Studies. Through its Graduate Studies department, degrees are extended to include the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), and Master of Education in Urban Education, (M.Ed.). Rockford University is home to one of only 11 Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) chapters in Illinois, the most prestigious honor society in the United States. Named by The Princeton Review as a Best Midwestern College and is a U.S. News & World Report Best Midwest Regional University, Rockford University currently serves approximately 1,250 full-and part-time students.


For more information: Emma Bergstrom, Rockford University, 815.847.0472,

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