Baker University’s Day of Giving, 24 hours of online giving and paying it forward, took place April 4. The day featured a variety of challenges and matching gift opportunities to raise funds for students at the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Professional and Graduate Studies, School of Education, School of Nursing, and Department of Athletics. In 24 hours, $128,868.55 was raised from more than 200 donors.

“This level of generosity from the Baker University community is overwhelming,” said Annual Fund Officer Rachel Shuck, ’12. “Alumni, current students, faculty, staff, and loyal Baker supporters all came together to make the day such a huge success, from small gifts to our largest donor.”

Ross Hartley, ’70, made a donation during the last minutes of the fraternity and sorority challenge to secure Delta Tau Delta fraternity’s win. The donation from Ross and his wife, Christine, to the College of Arts and Sciences also represented the largest single donation of the day.

“Baker University is grateful to Ross and Chris Hartley for their steadfast support of our students,” said President Lynne Murray.

Student volunteers worked throughout the day to support the event and then stepped up during the student challenge. Mungano, a student-run diversity organization, recorded the most donations during the challenge winning a $1,000 challenge gift.

“We’re so blessed with the outpouring of support we’ve received from the community,” said President Murray. “Our students, faculty, and staff work so hard. Day of Giving is a great way to demonstrate how much we value their efforts. The gifts are available for current use to be distributed to student organizations and university departments.”

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