The Wolverine Giving Week Challenge netted Grove City College $1.25 million in support at the end of 2016, beating previous records for money raised and donor engagement.
Alumni and friends of the College generously supported the College’s efforts during the week after Thanksgiving, which is traditionally known as Giving Week. Building upon the efforts of the College’s first giving week challenge in 2015, which raised $435,000 from 700 donors, the 2016 Wolverine Giving Week Challenge set a new high this year. College presidential families, past and present, including President and Mrs. Paul J. McNulty ’80, past President and Mrs. Richard G. Jewell ’67, past President and Mrs. John H. Moore, and past President and Mrs. Charles S. MacKenzie led the Challenge campaign with matching gifts.
This year’s goal was not only to raise money to support the College’s Full Circle annual fund, scholarships and other mission-critical initiatives, but to increase the number of gifts earmarked for Grove City College’s mission to equip students to pursue their unique callings through an academically excellent and Christ-centered learning and living experience.
When the week came to a close at 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 2, 2016, the College recorded 856 gifts of more than $1.25 million, including $100,000 in challenge funds that encouraged 55 first-time donors and nearly 200 donors who graduated from the College between 1970 and 1979 to make contributions.
“The Wolverine Giving Week Challenge attracted new levels of alumni and friend support for the good work being done at Grove City College. Through the generosity of each person who contributed, we surpassed our goals and set exemplary fundraising records,” Brian Powell, senior director of Development, said.
“Their gifts will be dedicated to supporting academic areas and programs, including endowed scholarships, The Center for Vision & Values, The Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, athletics, science and technology and Full Circle, the Annual Fund, used to meet the areas of greatest need across the College,” Powell said.