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Community unites on Giving Day

Rollins collected a total of $279,571 in donations from 2,047 donors on Giving Day. 

Giving Day is a day for the Rollins community to win online giving challenges and unlock donation prizes from trustees, patrons, and alumni that benefit the campus and student life at Rollins. 

Donations ranged from monetary contributions, shares on social media, or opportunities to become an advocate and recruit people to give to Rollins.

The campaign’s goals were to have 200 people give a donation in less than 24 hours, therefore unlocking a $10,000 donation for essential funding by alumnus Anthony E. DiResta (’77). 

Other funding donations came from Mo and Jeremy Coffey (‘08), who gave $1,500. 

The Crummer Business school unlocked $10,000 from the John Race (‘77, ‘84MBA) challenge, which accumulated more than 175 community donations to the Crummer school.

Donors who gave their donation to the Crummer department got a sticker and interacted with Mabel, the pet dog mascot for Giving Day.

The Holt School was able to complete the 100 donations challenge and was awarded $10,000 in funds by Kyle Riva (‘79) MBA.

The Cornell Fine Arts museum won the challenge of 50 donations from the community and was awarded $10,000 by Jacqui Bradley and Clarence Otis, independent donors with a mutual fund.

In addition, the athletic department received $8,000 by Rollins Trustee Bobby Ourisman. 

President Grant Cornwell sent an email to the Rollins community giving thanks and announcing that Giving Day 2020 was a remarkable success. 

“The results of this one day will resonate on our campus and in our students’ lives for years to come. It is a joy to see Rollins’ traditions continue and grow,” said Cornwell. 

According to the email, the donations made on Giving Day will reinforce Rollins’ annual funding to help it carry its mission of global citizenship, and  it will help students and faculty strive for a better world with the help of better means.

The campaign officially ended on Feb. 21, but students can still make a contribution through the Rollins Giving Day website. 

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