Kylie McGovern, Editor
On Tuesday, Nov. 29 La Salle raised a record-breaking number of donations at over $180,000 through 678 gifts. Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving or a global generosity movement which is held each year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Giving Tuesday efforts here at La Salle prioritized the year-long charter challenge President Allen launched at his inauguration. La Salle University describes the charter challenge as a “$10 million fundraising initiative [that] will elevate our University’s academic and overall campus experiences for both our current and future Explorers. We are on our way toward achieving this ambitious goal, now [having] raised more than $6 million.” Giving Tuesday efforts towards the charter challenge supported an array of causes like the La Salle Fund for Student Scholarships, the President’s Strategic Initiative Fund, the Honors Program Scholarship Initiative, the School of Arts and Sciences Fund, the School of Business Fund, the School of Nursing and Health Sciences Fund and Explorer Fund for Athletics.
The La Salle Fund focuses on helping La Salle maintain its mission of providing accessible and transformative education for students through scholarship and financial aid. Similarly, The 1863 Achievement Scholarship makes the gap between institutional funding and a student’s financial resources disappear. Donors will support an incoming first-year, resident student for all four years of their La Salle career. The charter challenge also seeks to raise funds for The Honors Program Scholarship Initiative which aims to attract and retain high-achieving students at La Salle University.
President Daniel Allen uses the President’s Strategic Initiative Fund to allocate funding to support initiatives that make a La Sallian education more accessible for all students while providing programs to prepare La Salle students with skills to bring to their careers.
Each of the schools here at La Salle: Arts and Sciences, Business and Nursing and Health Sciences receive funding from the charter challenge. And finally, gifts to the Explorer Fund went towards different areas of athletics like nutrition, travel and equipment.
Overall, Giving Tuesday raised a substantial amount of gifts that will go back into La Salle University for the students here today and in the future.