WOU’s Giving Day Raises Over $175,000

WOU Giving Day Thank You graphic, with an aerial image of WOU in the background, and "Howl from the Heart" written in the middle. Students, faculty, and staff are featured in five hearts along the bottom.

On March 2, 2021, WOU celebrated its annual Giving Day, a day dedicated to raising funds for student scholarships and programs. Students, faculty and staff, and the larger WOU community gathered together to show their support of WOU students and programs. This year, the university was able to raise over $175,000, far exceeding the original goal of $100,000. As well, 820 gifts were received (250 more gifts than Giving Day 2020), and 72 different funds were able to receive financial support. 

We spoke with the Executive Director of Advancement & WOU Foundation, Erin McDonough, who shared her thoughts on the day: “I wish we could bottle the excitement and power of the day to share it with the entire Wolves community. Hundreds of gifts roll in to support groups across campus, validating and showing pride in the work we do at WOU.” McDonough mentioned that a network of supporters rallied around WOU, all of whom want to see students succeed, both at the university and later on in life. 

Wall in the Werner University Center that has pieces of paper to mark off each class year that contributes on Giving Day
Linked by Loyalty wall tracker in the Welcome Center

Multiple matches and challenges were run throughout the day, including the “Linked by Loyalty” challenge, which sought to receive contributions from alumni from many different class years. By the end of the day had, over 75 class years participated, and the 35 years between the classes of 1988 and 2023 were fully represented. 

WOU parents played a vital role in the day, as the university received over $1,000 in contributions from parents to the Fund for WOU, and WOU Parent Michele Haberlach will match $1000.

The WOU Softball program also benefited from matches on the day, as over 40 alumni and current students gave to the program, and Ron and Norma DeVolder generously contributed $4,000 to the program.

To check out other matches and challenges from the day, visit the Giving Day website here.

There are a few ongoing matches left to be met. Justin and Leslie Hoeckle, both 2005 graduates, have agreed to match any gift to WOU’s Model UN up to a combined $5,000 (currently at $3,700- here’s the link to give). As well, an anonymous donor has committed to match any gift from an Emeritus Society member to help grow the Emeritus Society scholarship by up to $5,000 (currently at $3,800).  

Thank you so much to the WOU community for their incredibly generous contributions. We are all so grateful for your support. 

Next year’s Giving Day will be held on Tuesday, March 1, 2022, so be sure to mark you calendars now. 

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