HOLLAND — Hope College is holding its seventh annual Day of Giving this week. The annual fundraiser is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, Feb. 25-26.
Day of Giving runs for 36 hours, from 12 a.m. Thursday to 12 p.m. Friday. Donations during this period can be given to support student scholarships and various academic and athletic programs at Hope.
The college describes student scholarships as the “greatest need on campus” to make Hope more accessible and affordable. According to the scholarships page on the Day of Giving website, 95 percent of Hope College students receive financial aid and the need for aid is at its “highest level in years” amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Donations can be made on the Day of Giving website, by phone or by mail.
Throughout the event, various donor challenges are available supporting different departments. Once the specified dollar amount or number of donations is met for a challenge, additional funds from various donors and supporters are “unlocked” for the college. Some begin at the start of the event, while others have delayed starts.
Challenges include matching funds for scholarships, a $10,000 bonus for 25 gifts to the Boerigter Center, a $2,500 bonus for Friday gifts, late night and early morning goals and more.
There are also challenges benefiting the different academic departments at Hope. To view the full list, visit the Day of Giving website.
Last year, a total of 1,999 gifts were made to Hope College through Day of Giving, totaling $362,337. In 2019, the event raised about $225,000.
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