More than 300 donors supported GW as part of this year’s #GivingTuesday, a 30 percent increase in participation over last year. In total, nearly $48,000 was donated in just 24 hours, also an increase over last year’s totals. Every gift made, no matter the size, will play an important part in giving the gift of education to GW students.
On December 1, 2015, the George Washington University is once again taking part in #GivingTuesday, the international day of giving for non-profits around the globe. 2015 marks GW’s third consecutive year of participation in this global effort, which is observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
This year, #GivingTuesday will also kick off the university’s month-long “Give the Gift of Education” effort, which emphasizes the powerful impact that philanthropy has on GW students. Support from alumni, parents, faculty, staff, corporations, foundations, and friends allows GW to provide scholarships to qualified students—like Nada Kamona, Maen Hammad, and Bronté Dinges—who could not otherwise afford to pursue their education at GW.
“There was a time when I thought a college education was not in my future,” says Nada Kamona, a sophomore in the School of Engineering and Applied Science and a recipient of the Dirk S. Brady Scholarship.”The cost was simply too much for my family. But today I am a Colonial because of the generous scholarship support I receive.”
Past gifts made on #GivingTuesday have supported student aid, specific colleges and schools, athletics, student life, and the GW libraries.
“When you give to GW, you give the gift of education,” said Aristide Collins, vice president for Development and Alumni Relations and Secretary of the University. “Wherever you choose to direct your support, you create opportunities for GW students and faculty to make history.”
Visit go.gwu.edu/GivingTuesday on Tuesday, December 1, to join the millions of people worldwide who give back on #GivingTuesday.
Stay tuned to gwimpact.org throughout the month of December for new stories on the impact giving the gift of education can have on GW students.