Jackrabbit spirit for South Dakota State University spread like wildfire after last year’s successful annual giving day, and it will happen again Thursday when the SDSU Foundation hosts its fourth One Day for STATE event. The 24-hour campaign invites Jackrabbits everywhere to join together as one in celebration of SDSU and the transformative impact of philanthropic giving.
A year ago, 3,744 donors raised $1,348,477 in donations during One Day for STATE. This year, the SDSU Foundation is preparing to ensure the fourth iteration of One Day for STATE meets a new goal: 4,000 donors in 24 hours. Funds raised benefit scholarships, faculty support and a variety of academic and co-curricular programs.
Part of what makes One Day for STATE special is the opportunity for gifts of all amounts to go further, thanks to numerous challenge donors. All gifts help unlock additional funds for academic colleges, scholarships and programs. This year, more than $400,000 from 60 different challenges are waiting to be unlocked. “Every gift matters,” said Erin Glidden, the SDSU Foundation’s director of loyalty giving. “We’re so thankful for the generosity of our challenge donors for maximizing the impact of every gift on One Day for STATE.” During the day, donors can visit onedayforstate.sdstatefoundation.org to designate their gifts to areas they are passionate about supporting.
One Day for STATE aims to rally Jackrabbits alumni, donors, friends and even current students in support of SDSU. “We want to give students a connection to the SDSU Foundation and introduce them to the idea of philanthropy,” said Heidi Hopewell, assistant director of loyalty giving. “Every day, donors make investments that directly impact students, from scholarships to research funding to building projects. We want to celebrate that impact.” Last year, 506 student donors made a gift during One Day for STATE, raising $6,962.
Though the day’s events will look a little different this year, there are plenty of opportunities to join in the excitement. This year, the SDSU Foundation is taking One Day for STATE on the road with Jack’s Journey. Jackrabbits in Brookings are encouraged to sport their yellow and blue gear, decorate their sidewalks/driveways and step outside as Jack the Jackrabbit, the Bummobile and the Hobo Day Committee drive through neighborhoods across town. Jack’s Journey will begin at 5 p.m. Visit the Jack’s Journey Facebook event for details on Jack’s route.