A year that asked so much of every member of the University of Lynchburg community culminated on April 22, when Lynchburg celebrated another successful GiveDay. Just a few months after the postponed 2020 GiveDay in October, faculty, staff, students, parents, alumni, and friends stepped up to support the University yet again.
Throughout a day filled with GiveDay Live broadcasts from Shellenberger Field and various locations around campus, Hornets came together to meet and exceed numerous challenges and matches. April 22 also happened to be Earth Day, so it was fitting that one of several funds donors could support was the newly created Sustainability Fund.
During one segment, communication studies and nonprofit leadership professor Dr. Jimmy Roux checked in live with Dr. Laura Henry Stone, director of sustainability, who was busy planting with a group of students behind the Spiritual Life Center. The fund will support future campus sustainability and community projects and engage students in these initiatives.
The Lynchburg Fund, which supports all aspects of the student experience, reached $72,953.
In the end, about 1,390 donors gave nearly 1,500 gifts totaling $289,000, easily surpassing the University’s goal of 1,118 donors for 118 years of Lynchburg history.
“Your generosity is making such a difference in the lives of our students,” Director of Institutional Giving Erika Mork wrote in an email. “We could not have had such a tremendous GiveDay without you all.”
GiveDay 2021 included nearly 800 alumni donors, more than 200 faculty and staff donors, over 150 student donors, and about 160 first-time donors to Lynchburg.