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Dickinsonians Make Over 3,600 Gifts, Raise $1.7 Million on Day of Giving

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Thank You, Dickinsonians!

The Dickinson community came out in full force yesterday, making the 2023 Day of Giving a historic success. Dickinsonians around the world made over 3,600 gifts to the college totaling more than $1.7 million—the largest Day of Giving fundraising total ever. Those gifts will support the Dickinson Fund; scholarships; diversity, equity and inclusivity initiatives; the Student Wellness Fund; study abroad; academic programming; athletics; the Asbell Center for Jewish Life; and more.

Total contributions of 3,000 goal

Thanks to this outpouring of support, we also unlocked hundreds of thousands of dollars in challenge gifts from our generous challenge donors, (including $29,044 through the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Challenge and $61,296 through the Academic Programming Challenge  $10,000). We reached 160 donors. Thank you to all of our Day of Giving donors, our volunteers who helped get the word out, and the following challenge donors who inspired their fellow Dickinsonians to step up and show once again that great things happen when Dickinsonians come together:

  • Bill '71 and Elke Durden
  • Charlie ’65 and Trudy Craig P’89
  • Karen Buchholz '88
  • Lauren Ashley Smith ’06 and Brooke Helburn
  • Abe Wolf (in memory of Grace Eva Wolf ’55)
  • The Pugs Foundation (in memory of Gary "Pugs" Knechtel ’80)
  • Kevin Holleran ’73
  • Scott Cohen '91
  • David and Sherry Kohan P’26
  • anonymous parent of a lacrosse alumna
  • Steve Smith ’92
  • Stuart Mathews P'21
  • Bradley (our popular Dickinson band from the 1970s)
  • Lisa Bonner Wallis '78
  • an anonymous member of the class of 1963
  • Raven's Claw members
  • and Craig ’77 and Lorrie Weeks.

The funds raised on this historic day for the college will make an immediate impact on the lives of every student. But since all those gifts also help those students prepare to be tomorrow's leaders, the impact of every gift will last well beyond this day and reverberate far beyond Dickinson's limestone walls.

The Senior Class Gift Challenge, which was launched on Day of Giving continues through Commencement: 100 gifts from the senior class of 2023 will unlock an additional $5,000 in support for Dickinson from Craig ’77 and Lorrie Weeks. Currently the challenge is mroe than halfway there with 54 donors!

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Published April 5, 2023