BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — For only its third year in existence, Virginia Tech’s Giving Day set the bar for future donation periods.
The goal for this year, according to co-chairs of VT Giving Day Ciji Good and Brittany Staggers, was to get 8,000 donors to make contributions.
By the time the 24-hour donation period ended at noon on Thursday, Feb. 25, the number of donors was 12,013.
“Honestly, we’re kind of overwhelmed by the support from the hockey nation,” Staggers said.
Donors came from all 50 states and even 30 foreign countries, bringing the total donation number to just above $6.1 million.
“It’s really a way that we can make an impact on our students and the entire campus,” Good said. “The impact will really be felt throughout the university.”
“The really cool thin about Giving Day is that it has this grass roots, peer-to-peer element to it that we don’t traditionally see with our other fundraising efforts,” Staggers added. “We have an aspect of people asking people and people signing up to be ambassadors, who may be alumni, friends, or family of a Hokie that have really stepped forward and started asking their networks to really promote Giving Day and get the word out.”
This was the first year VT Giving Day had a student organization challenge, where different colleges and groups competed on who could bring in more donors/donations.
Staggers says that alone brought in 1,200 donors and more than $100,000 in donations.
Over 500 different funds will take a piece of these donations, one of which is the campus’s rescue squad.
“VT Giving Day helps support our squad operations, so for example our trucks back out there, all the equipment on the trucks,” said Public Outreach Lieutenant Hannah O’Malley. “It takes money to help us run.”
O’Malley, a VT junior, says the funds have also gone to squad morale.
The student-run medical response team is made up of around 40 students, and O’Malley says between balancing classwork and squad shifts, those morale boosters are a good thing to have.
“We have a banquet that the funds go into. We also have a Macado’s night, where everybody on their on-duty shift gets Macado’s. We really love that as an agency.”
Though the 2021 Giving Day has but barely passed, Good and Staggers say they’ve already begun discussions on next year’s goal(s).
They weren’t willing to share those goals just yet, but Staggers says the hype from the donation period is something you feed off of and help envision what more can be done in the year to come.