West Virginia State University Day of Giving Challenge Wednesday, March 17

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March 16, 2021
West Virginia State University Day of Giving Challenge Wednesday, March 17

INSTITUTE, W.Va. -- West Virginia State University (WVSU) is hosting its single largest one-day fundraising event ever on Wednesday, March 17, featuring a variety of different options for donors to support students, academic programs and athletics.

Donors will have the opportunity to give to the university’s unrestricted fund or general scholarship fund, or directly to support one of the university’s four colleges or athletic programs. Donations to all of these programs have challenge grant opportunities available from anonymous donors matching donations dollar for dollar up to a certain amount. A special Day of Giving Challenge Day donation website has been created to give at https://give.wvstateu.edu/.

“Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we have the opportunity to raise additional funds for highlighted projects through these challenge grants,” said Patricia Schumann, vice president for university advancement and president of the WVSU Foundation. “It will be a friendly competition to see who can raise the most to support our students and programs. Of course, every gift, to any purpose, will count toward the overall goal of $300,000.”

Beginning at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, students from the university’s communications department will serve as reporters doing live interviews with students and faculty from each of the four colleges and athletics about what donor’s financial support means to students and programs. The final live broadcast at 5 p.m. will feature alumni talking about how their experience at West Virginia State University inspired them to support Day of Giving.

These reports will be featured via Facebook Live on the university’s Facebook channel, www.facebook.com/wvstateu.
“Utilizing the power of social media we can showcase how the support of donors on the Day of Giving and throughout the year directly benefits our students and programs,” Schumann said. “And utilizing our communications students to help share these stories is a tremendous opportunity.”

The Day of Giving Challenge is being hosted on the university’s Founders Day. Authorized by the U.S. Congress as a land-grant institution under the Second Morrill Act of 1890, the West Virginia Legislature established WVSU, on March 17, 1891, to provide education to African American citizens.

For more information on the Day of Giving Challenge or giving to WVSU, contact Patricia Schumann at (304) 766-3021 or patricia.schumann@wvstateu.edu.

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West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multi-generational institution, located in Institute, W.Va. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service, and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.
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