The numbers were down slightly, but the enthusiasm was just as high for Pitt’s seventh annual Day of Giving on Feb. 21.
The University raised just over $2.4 million from 9,450 donors. The money was given for scholarships, research, academic programs, student organizations, athletics and other initiatives. Last year, a total of 11,046 donors gave $2.96 million.
“I’m inspired and I’m thankful for the generosity and participation of everyone,” Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said at the Feb. 24 Board of Trustees meeting.
The largest donation this year came from Los Angeles Rams’ defensive tackle Aaron Donald who repeated the $200,000 he gave last year to the Football Championship Fund. Donald is a Pittsburgh native and played for Pitt from 2010-13. Fellow Pitt football alum and Western Pennsylvania native Tyler Boyd (2013-16) donated $50,000 to the Football Championship Fund. Boyd is a wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals.
Gallagher told Senate Council on Feb. 22 and the Board of Trustees that:
Nearly 1,000 of the gifts were to the regional campuses
Donors represent all 50 states, 33 countries and six continents. The gift from the furthest distance came from Adelaide, Australia.
More than 1,000 graduates from the past decade donated.
More than 2,100 faculty and staff gave, which unlocked an additional $5,000 in challenge money.
In addition, 161 pounds of food was collected to support the Pitt Pantry.
Various Power Hour challenges awarded an extra $1,000 to groups raising the most. The winners were:
School & College Power Hour: Pitt–Greensburg
Places, Experiences and More Power House: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Pitt Athletics Power Hour: Cheer, Dance & Mascot Championship Fund
Student Organization Power Hour: Pitt Rowing Club
Other challenges included:
School & College Raise The Bar Leaderboard: School, colleges or campus’ that surpassed the number of donors from last year will split $100,000 in extra funds. Pitt–Bradford came in first with a nearly 50 percent increase. Other recording more donors were Pitt Dental, and the Schools of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and Computing and Information.
School & College Donor Leaderboard: The top 10 with the highest numbers of donors split $30,000. The top three were the Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences, Pitt–Bradford and Pitt Business.
For other leaderboard challenges, go to the Pitt Day of Giving website.