Thanks to the enthusiasm of the Chapman Family, Chapman University’s fifth annual Giving Day was an unrivaled success. The 24-hour online fundraising event surpassed its goal of 1,000 donations on April 25, raising more than $1 million for the Chapman Fund.
“This level of support demonstrates the unwavering belief that so many have in the work we do on our campuses,” said Matt Parlow, Chapman’s executive vice president and chief advancement officer. “This success is a testament to the tremendous momentum we have here at Chapman.”
The daylong event focused on the importance of participation rather than the size of individual donations. With numerous matching and unlocking challenges throughout the day – including a matching challenge from Chapman University President Daniele C. Struppa and campus leadership early in the day – gifts of all sizes were valued and appreciated.
“From spreading the word about Giving Day to each donation’s collective impact, we are excited to see how our Chapman community came together to celebrate philanthropy on Giving Day,” said Monica Martinez, manager of annual giving programs at Chapman.
As the end of Chapman’s academic and fiscal year approaches, Giving Day caps a year of extraordinary fundraising for the university, including more than $325 million raised as part of Inspire: the Campaign for Chapman University, which publicly launched in February.
“We are on the verge of setting a new record,” Parlow said.
Funds raised on Giving Day go to the Chapman Fund, a foundational resource for scholarships, programs across the university, student activities, faculty development, research centers and more. Eighty-six percent of students at the university receive at least some financial aid, which means there is an ever-present need for support from donors.
If you missed Giving Day, you can still make a difference for Chapman students with a gift to the Chapman Fund.