For 24 hours on Feb. 28, Newman University Jets and supporters from around the world will rally together to raise money and “Be A Hero” during Newman Giving Day.
Newman President Kathleen Jagger, Ph.D., MPH, is one of several community members who is buzzing with excitement for Giving Day.
“This day is really about supporting students through fundraising,” Jagger said. “We have more students in the entering class this year, so that means more students to serve and we want to increase the support we can provide to them. We always want to do better than the year before, so I hope that as a collective, we outpace last year’s donations.”
Laura Hartley, director of annual giving, said that while the main goal of Giving Day is to raise money, it is also a great excuse to celebrate Newman as a whole.
“This year, we have been blessed to have some of our loyal supporters step up and provide matching challenge funds so that for every dollar you donate to, certain funds will be matched,” Hartley said. “It is fantastic that we have donors who have such confidence in our university.”
The student booth is a personal favorite of Hartley’s. Students can stop by the booth as early as 9 a.m. Feb. 28 in Eck Hall to donate, play games, win prizes and more.
“I am amazed and humbled by how many students are willing to give during Giving Day,” Hartley added. “It just shows how much they believe in Newman University.”
At noon on Giving Day, join virtually for the Facebook live stream “Battle of the Newman Stars” as brave Newman students compete in minute-to-win-it games and challenges to win money for an area of campus they support.
Fans of Marvel and DC Comics are in for a treat with a 7 p.m. Trivia Night in the Dugan-Gorge Conference Center. Costumes are encouraged and all proceeds will directly benefit Giving Day.
Be sure to tune in on Facebook again at 9 p.m. for updates on Giving Day challenges.
Eleven Giving Day matches, challenges and more
1. Fine Arts $5,000 Match
Thanks to the generosity of David ’17, Jodie and Randy Reed, every dollar donated today to our Fine Arts Fund will be matched up to $5,000. The Fine Arts Fund exists to enhance the quality of the Newman University education by providing operational capital for the fine arts, music and theater programs.
2. Newman Fund $5,000 Match
The Newman Fund provides critical funding for student financial aid while also helping fund support services for students, such as tutoring and career services. It is the backbone of our university fundraising and this year through a generous gift made in memory of Dan and Erma Coffey, every dollar donated up to $5,000 will be matched.
3. Healthcare Professions $1,000 Match
Newman University is known for the quality health care professionals that graduate every year from our institution. Donations to the School of Healthcare Professions ensure that we can continue to provide the best education to these future healthcare heroes which is why an anonymous Healthcare Hero has pledged that If donations reach a $1,000 they will match it with their own $1,000.
4. Student Success Center $5,000 Match
Our new Student Success Center will be a place for students to work together, to receive tutoring help and job prep resources. President Jagger will match your donation dollar for dollar up to $5,000.
“I hope that Giving Day will get us very close to what we need to complete the fundraising for the Student Success Center renovation,” Jagger said. “The center will benefit all students, whether they’re residential or commuter. If you’re having a hard time deciding what to donate to, this match is a great choice and will help us support students so they can reach their maximum potential.”
5. The Alumni $1,500 match
6. The New Donor $1,000 Match
Every dollar donated by a new donor to Newman University will be matched by Amanda ‘08, Diana ’17, and Sheryl Stanley up to $1,000 with their donations going towards the fund the new donor donated to.
7. Broad impact challenge
Give to two or more funds before 9 p.m. on Giving Day and be entered into a drawing for an additional $500 to be split into the funds you donated to. Sponsored by Sister Betty Adams, ASC, ’66 ‘10.
8. Tag you’re it challenge
Make a donation before 9 p.m. on Giving Day and then post on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or TikTok and tag one of your friends encouraging them to donate. Make sure to use the hashtag #GiveToNewmanU. Participants will be entered to win an extra $250 for the fund they donated to.
This challenge is sponsored by the ASC sisters.
9. Metanoia Challenge
If the Metanoia Fund reaches $3,000, staff and students will recreate a cold-open from the hit TV show, “The Office.” If the fund reaches $5,000, Emily Simon, assistant director of Campus Ministry, will perform a rap from a scene in the TV show, “Parks and Recreation.”
10. After hours challenge
Anyone who donates between 9 p.m. and midnight on Giving Day will be entered into a drawing to win an extra $250 for the fund they donated to.
This challenge is sponsored by the ASC sisters.
11. Enter-to-win self-care basket
Even a hero needs to be cared for! Every $10 donation to the School of Healthcare Professions is an entry into the drawing for a basket containing self-care goodies like gift cards for relaxing massage, indulgent tea mixes, invigorating coffee, decadent dark chocolate cherries, cozy blanket and socks, luxurious bath salts, exfoliating loofah, purifying foot masks, a rejuvenating candle and much more.
(Retail value more than $200)
Newman University would like to thank each generous sponsor, as well as the staff, faculty and students who contribute to Giving Day in the form of their time, talents and treasure.
4th Annual Newman University Giving Day
During our fourth annual Newman University Giving Day, we ask you to be a hero because at Newman University we know that heroes don’t wear capes. This we can’t say often enough: Every gift makes a difference because each time you stand up to be counted, you increase the opportunities for current Newman University students to experience transformational change.