Jackrabbits in all 50 states and across 13 countries united to tackle historic philanthropy Sept. 2 during One Day for STATE. The SDSU Foundation’s fifth-annual giving day celebrated all it means to be part of the Jackrabbits family and the impact that can be made through private gifts.
In 24 hours, 5,438 donors united to raise $1,940,896 from 7,148 gifts to transform lives at SDSU, supporting funds for over 110 different causes, including scholarships, research, academic programming, athletics and many more. One Day for STATE rallied Jackrabbits alumni, faculty and staff, parents, current students and friends in support of SDSU. The number of donors saw a jump of 550 more than last year’s event. Of the 5,438 donors, 484 identified as faculty and 517 as students, demonstrating the One Day for STATE excitement that starts right on campus. “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, “and this one-day celebration gives us that opportunity.”
The celebration culminated with the community favorite Yellow and Blue Block Party. The festivities featured all the classics for the party’s lineup: performances by The Pride of the Dakotas Marching Band followed by the SDSU cheer squad and dance team, along with food trucks, free SDSU ice cream, children’s activities and more.
The success of One Day for STATE would not have been possible without support from the Jackrabbit family, near and far. Whether you gave a gift, donated your time and talents, or simply celebrated STATE Sept. 2, you truly made a difference. The celebration starts with one day, but the effects of your generosity will be felt at SDSU year-round.
One day. One university. One Jackrabbits family. Together as one.