PhilaU Community Gives Rousing Support for Day of Giving

Philadelphia University raised more than $47,000 in charitable gifts from more than 350 donors during its first ever Day of Giving on Nov. 13.

DayofGiving That was three times the original fundraising goal of $15,000, and significantly above the goal of 300 donors for the day, which was launched in conjunction with National Philanthropy Day.

“These efforts are a barometer of the positive feelings and enthusiasm for the trajectory of the University,” said Jesse Shafer, vice president for development and alumni relations. “It is also a major indicator of our culture of philanthropy, which has become more closely aligned with our ambitious goals for the future. It is a real validation of our strategy.”

In all, 354 donors contributed to the Day of Giving, including, significantly, 80 faculty and staff members. The entire PhilaU community was encouraged to join in the event by making a gift of any size to the support area of their choice during the 24-hour period. The funds raised will support a range of initiatives, including academic programs, scholarships and athletics programs.

The Day of Giving comes in the wake of the University’s most successful capital campaign to date. PhilaU raised nearly $60 million over the course of its five-year Power to Innovate campaign.

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