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Day of Giving raises funds for Marietta College

Marietta College’s successful Day of Giving earlier this month impacts the entire campus, including science labs that must be outfitted with expensive equipment. (Photo Provided)

MARIETTA — Marietta College raised more than $227,000 during its fifth annual Day of Giving held on Founders Day on Feb. 14.

Day of Giving is an online fundraising program encouraging alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff and friends to make a gift of $5 or more. This year’s contributions exceeded the $192,000 from 2020 and exceeded the number of contributors by 100 from 2020, 1,300 to 1,200.

The initiative is planned and organized by the Marietta College Alumni Association and other volunteers who reach out on their networks by social media and other venues to encourage participation, Kathryn Gloor, senior director of annual giving at Marietta College, said.

Gloor said 110 alumni volunteers participated at a participation rate of 7 percent. The national average for similarly sized schools is around 8 percent for an entire year of giving, she said.

“As difficult as the past year has been in many ways, we’re encouraged by the love that so many Pioneers continue to share with Marietta College,” Gloor said. “We set new Day of Giving records for both revenue and participation, and the impact that has on today’s Pioneers is incredibly important. Not only will these gifts help to ensure that our students have everything they need to complete the year successfully and safely, but the incredible show of support has touched everyone on campus.”

Through the Marietta Fund, numerous programs at the college including student aid, student life, academics and athletics are supported. Resources are targeted to areas of greatest need, which has impacted the college’s ability to safely hold in-person learning on campus this year.

The college hopes to raise $3 million for the Marietta Fund this year and an alumni participation rate of 20 percent for the year, an increase from 18.6 percent in FY 2019-2020.

For more information about the Day of Giving and The Marietta Fund, contact Gloor at 740-376-4620 or Kathryn.Gloor@marietta.edu.

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