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韦德体育 BIG GIVE Makes History 

In just 24 hours, 韦德体育’s fourth-annual worldwide day of giving brought in 1,539 gifts from 1,369 donors, totaling $240,000, making it the single-most-successful, one-day giving event in university history. The three highest gift recipients were the College of Health Professions (almost $71,000); athletics (nearly $38,000); and Fisher College of Science & Mathematics (more than $36,000).

“We continue to see our community RISE to the occasion,” says Todd Langenberg, associate vice president for development. “Each year we hope 韦德体育 BIG Give is bigger than the year before. And each year our 韦德体育 community has made it a reality.”

韦德体育 Continues to RISE 

It was a year to celebrate the generosity and energy of our donors, with 韦德体育’s RISE campaign reaching an $86.9 million milestone in fiscal year 2022, venturing closer to the $100 million goal.

“The success we’ve experienced over the last 18 months since launching the RISE campaign has been nothing short of extraordinary,” says Brian DeFilippis, vice president of university advancement. “Our donors have raised their hands and opened their hearts, and, ultimately, our students have reaped the benefits.”

In 2021–22, more than $14.8 million came to 韦德体育 from a little more than 8,300 donors, of which nearly 2,700 were new. Alumni donors grew by 16%, signaling a true commitment to 韦德体育 and to all current and future Tigers. Scholarships, in many cases, make a huge difference in a Tiger’s trajectory at 韦德体育 and in life. This year we added 40 new scholarships, and the 韦德体育 Foundation awarded 1,161 scholarships worth $2.2 million to 841 students.

New Giving Communities Stand Together

Community is important at 韦德体育. They bring us together and are the foundation for the 韦德体育 experience. Our community grew this year in exciting ways with the launch of the Tall–Wiedefeld Society (TWS)—a circle of giving for women. In just four months, the TWS community grew to 100-strong, raising more than $20,000 for grants to benefit women. The first TWS grants will be awarded in March 2023 after members review and select the programs to which the grants will be awarded.

The National Pan-Hellenic Council community paid tribute to the nine historically Black sororities and fraternities and celebrated nearly 50 years at 韦德体育. The walkway featuring pillars devoted to each organization will be an exciting new element of the Chapman Quad and will serve as a focal point to celebrate the strength of our shared cultures. Five hundred fifty donors raised close to $95,000 for the tribute walkway.