Limestone University is responding to meet the needs of its students and campus community by partnering with GivingTuesday to increase the annual percentage of its alumni giving.
In celebration of Limestone’s 175th birthday, the University endeavors to inspire 175 alumni to contribute to Limestone’s endowment during its one-day “SaintsGiving” fundraising campaign planned for Tuesday, Dec. 1.
GivingTuesday, the catalyst behind Limestone’s “SaintsGiving” initiative, is a global generosity movement intended to empower people and organizations to transform their communities and their world. Groups participating in GivingTuesday will kick off the season of generosity on December 1 by inspiring people to give back to the institutions and organizations that support them.
Limestone’s “SaintsGiving” hopes to motivate alumni to give back by sharing the personal stories of three current students who were able to enroll at the University because they received endowed scholarships, which closed the gap between tuition and financial aid.
“Many things contribute to the greatness of a university,” said Candace Waters, Limestone’s Associate Vice President for Development. “One of the best indicators of a school’s success is the involvement and commitment of its alumni. This year, we anticipate achieving our goal of securing 175 donations in one day to celebrate Limestone’s 175th birthday. When we do so, we will double last year’s alumni donor participation rate, which is a very exciting expectation.”
GivingTuesday was launched in 2012 to create a day that would encourage people to do good, something Waters knows will inspire Limestone University alumni. “Over the past eight years, this idea has grown into a global movement inspiring hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity,” she explained. “We know our alumni care about Limestone. It doesn’t take a big donation to make a big difference.”
Asha Curran, GivingTuesday’s CEO and co-founder, explains that whether it’s making someone smile, helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or giving some of what we have to those who need our help, every act of generosity counts and everyone has something to give.
“With country and community leaders, millions of organizations, and countless givers of all kinds, GivingTuesday has created an opportunity for people to drive progress around the causes they care about,” she said.
For more information about Limestone and “SaintsGiving,” please visit the University’s website at www.limestone.edu. Information can also be found on Limestone’s official Facebook and Instagram pages. To learn more about GivingTuesday movement, visit www.givingtuesday.org.