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Inaugural Scots Day of Giving blows past goals, raises $168,392 for students

Big Red joins members of the Monmouth Alumni Office to celebrate the successful inaugural Scots Day of Giving.
The U.S. map was covered in Monmouth College tartan on April 18 as 533 alumni and friends joined together to give $168,392 to the College.

Dubbed Scots Day of Giving to commemorate the College’s founding on April 18, 1853, the event attracted contributions from all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and several foreign countries. The money raised will be used to support scholarships and financial aid, along with special co-curricular initiatives and programs.

The day’s initial goal was to attract at least 164 donors to celebrate the age of the College. But that mark was eclipsed before 10 a.m. CT – less than five hours after the start of Scots Day of Giving got underway with a bagpipe call of “Scotland the Brave” at 5 a.m. CT from April Zorn Memorial Stadium.

Subsequent donor goals of 309 (Monmouth’s area code), 418 (a tip to the day of the College’s founding), were blown past by 6:30 p.m. CT. Then at 10:18 p.m. CT, the day moved past a final goal of 514 donors (to celebrate the day of this year’s Commencement on May 14), until the final tally was recorded at 11:53 p.m. CT. It was the most one-day donations the College has received in its 164-year history.

Director of Alumni Engagement Hannah Maher – who emceed the 18-hour, 53-minute event with hourly updates that included campus guests broadcast on Facebook Live from the Mellinger Commons of the Center for Science and Business – said she wasn’t surprised the College’s alumni and friends continued to smash goals all day long.

“Since I arrived at Monmouth College, I’ve found the alumni, parents and friends of the College to be a remarkable group,” said Maher, who said planning for the historic event began late last fall. “I’ve also learned that Fighting Scots don’t back down from a challenge. Every donor challenge we put in front of them during the day, they knocked it out of the park.”
Donations poured in from across the nation all day long as well as from several other countries. When a gift was received early in the evening from a donor living in Montana, it meant that all 50 states were represented by donors, which triggered a matching $50,000 gift from a alumnus.
Monmouth students also participated in the day. Each student’s donation of $5 earned them a ticket for a raffle of prizes that were donated by another alumnus.
In the late afternoon, the College community was treated to an ice cream social on Dunlap Terrace. Meanwhile, around the country a total of nine alumni gatherings were held, spanning from Maryland to Arizona.
“We are thankful for all the support we received throughout Scots Day. It’s such a testament to how the College community feels about Monmouth,” said Maher, who noted that her office plans to hold the event again next year. “I can’t wait to see what Scots Day 2018 holds.”