This week, Indiana Wesleyan University plans to give money away to students.
Give Day is a one-day event, this year on Feb. 27, where all the money donated will support the Save Our Students Scholarship Fund. This fund will directly go to support student financial aid.
The S.O.S. Scholarship Fund was developed in 2009 to help students with their financial needs that are greater than their financial aid package. More than 370 students have benefited from the S.O.S Scholarship Fund with a support totaling over $850,000. In the past year alone 78 students received more than $175,000 in assistance.
Give Day was an effort the Annual Giving department started three years ago.
“The principle behind it is to help raise funds to help provide scholarships for students who are in dire need of assistance,” Director of Annual Giving Lonnie Vandeventer said.
This year in particular, the Annual Giving department is not looking for a specific dollar amount, but instead, desire to have at least 250 participants for the day.
“We would love to see at least 250 donors on Give Day that are participating with maybe like 50 new donors really just trying to get others involved,” Brittany Webber, assistant director of Annual Giving, said.
In past years, the Annual Giving department has raised more than $10,000 to raise money. The department has put on other events, such as an annual phone-a-thon where student workers called alumni to raise funds for gifts and direct mail efforts.
“This year for Give Day people can access our online page and give in that way,” Webber said. “IWU also has a text to give option, we also have links on the IWU page that they can access and give in various ways or they could contact our development officers if they would like to set up something special in terms of a scholarship or other opportunity.”
As a part of Give Day an announcement will be made on Monday, Feb. 27 during chapel inviting students to stop by and sign a thank you card that is to be mailed to the alumni who have made a gift during Give Day or another time during the year as a part of that the students will be able to get a free cookie and be entered into a drawing to possibly win a 12-inch cookie.
To donate to Give Day you can go to https://www.indwes.edu/giving/give-day/, text 52014 with the message: @IWU $(amount to give) #IWUgiveday or call 866-468-6498.