Grove City College’s fourth annual Wolverine Challenge aims to secure a donor for every one of the 2,556 extraordinary people in College classrooms.
The challenge runs from Nov. 26 to 30, including the globally recognized Giving Tuesday. The effort, which has raised $3,085,000 for scholarships and other College priorities in the last three years, also inspires critical energy and momentum from thousands of alumni and friends.
“The Wolverine Challenge gives Grove City College alumni and friends an opportunity to demonstrate their support for excellent and affordable Christian higher education in the season of giving,” Brian Powell ’03, senior director of Development, said.
This year’s goal of securing 2,556 donors also represents the number of people in Grove City College classrooms who are directly involved in the College’s central mission. Wolverine Challenge donors are also being urged to share their support for the College on social media with #GroverDonor. Those shares can inspire others to make a gift to the College.
For the second year in a row, the Greek Giving Champion Cup is up for grabs. The cup goes to the fraternity or sorority that has the greatest percentage of alumni who give during this week. The inaugural winner of this friendly competition was the Adelphikos fraternity from the 2017 Wolverine Challenge.
Alumni donations also help burnish the College’s reputation. As well as demonstrating that those who know the school best support its mission, vision and values, alumni donation statistics figure into the methodology that some media outlets use to compile college and university rankings.
Last year’s Wolverine Challenge set a goal of 1,000 donors and garnered 2,367 individual donors who raised $1.4 million for the College.
Fundraising is essential to fulfilling the historic mission of Grove City College and advancing the values it stands for: faithfulness, excellence, community, stewardship and independence. “Because the College does not accept the state and federal funding that most colleges and universities depend on, we rely heavily on the generosity of those who share our commitment to private and truly independent Christian higher education,” Powell said.
To find out more about the Wolverine Challenge, visit gcc.edu/groverdonor.