A record number of donors raised a record amount for the Culver Fund during the second annual Day of Giving on April 10.
The 24-hour Culver Fund event raised more than $1.76 million from 2,600 unique donors, which was 70 more than last year. Their 2,768 gifts raised $450,000 more than was received in 2018.
“I continue to be inspired by the generosity of our Culver community,” Chief Advancement Officer Holly Johnson said. “We are beyond grateful for the support everyone has shown on our second annual Day of Giving.”
The donation mix included Culver Academies and Culver Summer Schools & Camps alumni, parents, past parents, faculty, staff, and current students. The Class of 2019’s participation played a key part. The seniors and first classmen’s donations pushed past the day’s goal of 1,894 donors, unlocking $1 million in matching funds provided by 39 lead donors.
Members of the senior class also spent part of the day calling donors and thanking them for their generosity. Parents, faculty and staff answered the phones and made calls throughout the day.
The lead donors added another $100,000 match when the donor level reached 2019 to celebrate the centennial celebration of the Woodcraft Drum & Bugle Corps, which will be held over Homecoming Weekend.
The funds raised during the Day of Giving will provide scholarship opportunities for students and campers; attract and retain faculty and staff; and allows Culver to continue offering unique programs for character and leadership development.