Sunday, December 17, 2017

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The Great Give sponsored by Wawanesa Insurance The Great Give sponsored by Wawanesa Insurance
 


The Great Give Hits Record High

The day of philanthropy generated more than 1,000 gifts.
By Tobin Vaughn
 

“Our thanks go to so many great campus partners who reached out to donors and generated a tremendous amount of new support for this year’s event.”

The final total has yet to be tallied, but preliminary figures from San Diego State University’s second annual day of philanthropy indicate at least a 25 percent increase over last year’s donation total. The Great Give 2017, sponsored by Wawanesa Insurance, raised approximately $175,000 from more than 1,000 gifts. The funds raised benefit students, faculty, research and important campus programs.

“Collaboration from every corner of campus was essential to this year’s success,” said Dan Majors (’03), electronic solicitation manager for the Office of Alumni Engagement and The Great Give’s chief organizer. “Our thanks go to so many great campus partners who reached out to donors and generated a tremendous amount of new support for this year’s event.”

At the head of the beneficiary list was the Library and Information Access, which received gifts totaling $22,000. That amount includes a gift of $10,000 from alumnus Ed Marsh for SDSU Library's Special Collections.

Opportunity to give back

Many smaller gifts from students, faculty and staff helped raise the donor total this year. Carlos Gamino, a member of the Aztec Proud student philanthropy program and a senior who hopes to become a middle school history teacher, stopped by The Great Give event in the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union to designate a donation for SDSU’s Guardian Scholars program.

"It’s a really good cause," said Gamino. “There have been times where I have needed help whether it was from family or friends or from scholarships, and if I have an opportunity to give back, I'm going to take the time to do that."

Angelica Prout, a business administration student who hopes to become a human resources generalist and is also an Aztec Proud student philanthropy program member, made a donation to participate in The Great Give and received a T-shirt for her contribution.

“I feel like The Great Give promotes a closeness of our community,” said Prout. "It helps build a bridge by bringing alumni and students together.”

Focus on giving

SDSU faculty and staff were among those contributing throughout the day. Manuel Uribe made a gift to the College of Education where he is a web designer.

"I donated mainly because the College of Education is doing some very important work in addressing the California teacher shortage,” he said. “If, through giving, we can provide opportunities for faculty to create more innovative programs to encourage students to go into such an important field, I'm all for it."

With regard to designating a single day each year to promote donations to SDSU, Uribe likes the idea.

"I think it's a great way to get people focused,” he said.

“Obviously, you can give any time of the year, but to dedicate one day to philanthropy puts it on people's radar. I think brings more attention to it."