The Brock community celebrated Giving Tuesday on Tuesday, Nov. 30, a global movement aimed at supporting charitable causes. Brock University staff, faculty, alumni and supporters reflected on the many ways their philanthropic gift could make a difference in the lives of students.
Fourth-year Concurrent Education student Madeline Boucinha is one of many Brock students who have been able to attend the University because of donor support and has experienced first-hand how donations such as those made on Giving Tuesday directly support student success.
“The amazing student experience that Brock offers is made possible by donors,” she said.
The Brock community raised more than $42,000 to enhance the student learning experience on Giving Tuesday this year. While the impact will be felt University-wide, the majority of donations were made in support of student services such as student mental health supports and the Student Emergency Fund.
“The overwhelming response to this year’s initiative is validation that the community is committed to seeing our students, and Brock, succeed,” said Sonia Dupte, Director, Development and Stewardship. “Whether the donation was made to support awards, student services, athletics, academic programs, facilities, research or something else, each individual donation made on Giving Tuesday will support the University in continuing to provide a transformational educational experience for all students as we head into the new year.”
In addition to sharing news about the movement through The Brock News, social channels and direct emails, the University’s Development and Alumni Relations team was able to connect with the Brock community on campus on Giving Tuesday. The team hand delivered 300 cookies to faculty, staff and students to raise awareness and emphasize the incredible impact donor support has on our students.
Reflecting on the generosity shown in support of Giving Tuesday and the culture of philanthropy it represents, especially as the holiday season approaches, Dupte said the University would like to extend thanks and share warm wishes with the community that supports students and the University year-round.