Enthusiastic staff members set up headquarters for Erskine’s fourth annual Day of Giving April 27 in the recently renovated Alumni House, where gifts were tracked throughout the day. This year’s goal of $175,000 was met and exceeded, with donations still coming in.
The day began with excitement and gratitude. “We did not have challenge gifts this year. Instead, we had three very generous lead gifts that jump-started the day,” says Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Relations Paul Bell.
Bell expressed thanks to the many alumni and friends who made the Day of Giving a success. He noted that Day of Giving contributions are part of the unrestricted Annual Fund unless designated by the donor for a particular purpose. “Unrestricted gifts are what any college needs most,” he says.
“Unrestricted gifts can be spent where most needed, whether for paying utility bills and other operating expenses, offering scholarship assistance to our students, providing compensation for our professors, developing new academic programs, or supporting activities complementing our curriculum.”
This year, Bell says, many unrestricted gifts have been received, along with some donations for athletic programs and particular academic scholarships.
“We appreciate every gift! Each one has come from someone who believes in what Erskine is doing and wants that work to continue to thrive. Most often, gifts come from people who are grateful for their own Erskine experience and who are giving back so that others can have the same privilege.”
In addition to Advancement, Alumni, Information Technology, and Marketing and Communications staff, three outstanding students assisted with the Day of Giving—Neal Blank, Sharon George, and Lizzie Naval.
Faculty squared off against staff in a giving contest once again this year, with the winners to be announced at a later date and treated to an ice cream party. Leading the faculty team was Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Deborah Caldwell, with Assistant to the President Polly Jones leading the staff.