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St. Bede’s #Giving Tuesday sets a record of over $120,000
What an incredible day of giving it was for this year’s Giving Tuesday! A record year of $120,000 was set as our alumni, family and friends raised an average of $5,000 an hour. With an increase of 10% over the year before, we have totaled nearly $360,000 in our four years of participation on this 24 hour day of global giving. #GIVINGTUESDAY, is a day that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. November 27 marked the sixth annual international #GIVINGTUESDAY, a primarily social-media-powered day of philanthropy following Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
With a goal for St. Bede of $78,000, the day was set in motion with matches of $39,000 received from several generous donors. An anonymous donor of $12,500, Daubert Chemical Co, $10,000, David Porter, ’61, and Angelo Perino, ’80, each with matching gifts of $5,000, Catherine and Christopher Campbell ’96 and The Class of ’88 with $2,500 and LaSalle State Bank with a match of $1,500. To keep the momentum going, we received later in the day two $5,000 challenge matches from Mike Rossiter ’61 and Stephen Stevens ’69. With the help of those matches, St. Bede was able to well exceed our new goal of $98,000 and set a new record total of over $120,000. Over 80% of the 280 donations were completed online and also included faculty/staff and St. Bede students.
The students, faculty and staff showed their Bruin pride and participated in the challenge with their own personal donations and helped spread the word with sharing posts through social media. “Our students understand the importance of giving back and we are proud of the many ways they do that every day.” stated Superintendent Dr. Ted Struck. “Not only have our students taken part in GivingTuesday but in other service related projects as well,” continued Struck. Some of those included a blood fair held earlier this month, a mitten for the needy and the ongoing support for the food pantry to name a few.
For the fourth year, our St. Bede family poured out their tremendous support on GivingTuesday. “Since our first year of participation in 2015, we have nearly doubled our total, which is just amazing.” stated Development Director Julia Yaklich. “The generosity and overwhelming kindness from our St. Bede family for this day has made a significant impact to the St. Bede Fund.” “We were excited to well exceed our goal continued Yaklich, and doubly grateful to our donors that provided the generous matches of $59,000 which were instrumental to our success.” Yaklich continued, “The power of social media was evident though friends and family’s shared posts on Facebook, tweets and sharing of emails, and our alumni who rallied their classes together to participate.”
Abbot Philip, O.S.B. ’65 commented, “We are truly blessed and moved with the impact of our St. Bede family’s generosity on GivingTuesday. The outpouring of kindness for four years demonstrates the commitment of our alumni, family and friends to support our important mission of preparing our students for their future both academically and spiritually.
The St. Bede Fund is a means of providing a steady stream of income to the school and yearly donated funds help with the day-today-costs of operating St. Bede to meet its annual budget. Gifts to the Annual Fund are vital to reduce the actual tuition cost by 58% and provide the dollars needed to bridge this gap.