Donors give more than $74,000 during Giving Blueday

12/4/2017

The annual event saw 100 more donations than last year, totaling well over 300 gifts across the campus.

Once again, the UM-Dearborn community came together on Giving Blueday to start the giving season strong. Preliminary results showed that donors collectively gave more than $74,000. This Giving Blueday saw 100 more donations than last year, totaling more than 300 gifts across the campus. 

UM-Dearborn alumni played a large role in the day. The College of Engineering and Computer Science and its Alumni Affiliate offered matching funds to help raise more than $20,000 for the new Engineering Lab Building. The African American Alumni Affiliate established a scholarship offered by African American alumni. And once again this year, the Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) hosted and sponsored Giving BREWday, a trivia tournament where each hour's winning teams selected UM-Dearborn causes to support. The CASL Student "Get to Graduation" Fund, the Talent Gateway and CASL Study Abroad were the three funds selected by the winning teams.

Faculty and staff showed their support as well. Some honored the memory of professors like Dr. Ahmad Rahman with a matching gift. The College of Business faculty and staff challenged each other to raise scholarship monies for COB students. The CASL Dean's Office competed for trivia winnings at Giving BREWday. And yet others established new study abroad funds to give UM-Dearborn a global experience sure to change the trajectory of their lives. 

Institutional Advancement also hosted an event at the University Center and engaged with over 230 students about philanthropy. We asked, "If you had extra green, where would you give blue?" Students were split, with General Scholarships and the Opportunity Scholars program tying for most worthy cause, according to students. Further, eight student groups raised money for their causes. UM-Dearborn's first baseball team raised more than $2,000 from nearly 40 donors on their first Giving Blueday, closely followed by the Intelligent Systems Club at CECS. 

Gift processing is on-going. Final, reconciled numbers will be available in the new year when the 2017 books are closed. Please contact Institutional Advancement for any questions about Giving Blueday.