As 2020 comes to a close, we invite you to join us in participating in #GivingTueday on December 1. On this day—celebrated annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving—people all over the world come together to give back and pay it forward. The one-day global event promotes charitable giving worldwide for schools, non-profits, and organizations primarily through social media and collaboration.
The events of this year have so profoundly impacted not only our students, but our whole Carroll community and beyond. On this #GivingTuesday, our support will focus on those working today toward a Carroll degree. Thanks to the generosity of many alumni and other members of our community, the university's participation in #GivingTuesday has raised more than $200,000 for student scholarship support over the last three years.
“I want a Carroll education to be available to any student who wants a chance,” said Carroll President Dr. Cindy Gnadinger, who launched Carroll’s #GivingTuesday efforts in 2017. “I don't want a financial barrier to be the reason someone doesn't reach their educational goals.”
One hundred percent of our students receive some form of financial aid when they attend Carroll, and our goal is, as it always has been, to raise funds to assist our students. More than $40 million is awarded annually in institutional aid to today’s Pioneers with the help of these scholarships, as well as endowed scholarships and other annual fundraising efforts.
#GivingTuesday is an opportunity for anyone—including Carroll's 22,000+ alumni—to reflect on their Carroll experience and consider how to give back, if not with money, then with time. One way to give back time is by becoming a #GivingTuesday ambassador. Ambassadors help spread the word through use of social media networks, helping to post, tweet, and share information about Carroll’s #GivingTuesday efforts.
Dr. Gnadinger said, “We have all given so much of our time and patience and grace this year. This is our chance to celebrate generosity and make an even bigger impact. Any amount helps—even $5 or $10. If everyone jumped in and gave whatever amount they could, it would add up to make a big impact.”
As part of Carroll’s #GivingTuesday on December 1, we also seek partnerships with individuals and companies interested in providing challenge gifts to help leverage support and visibility for this important effort.