Fordham Giving Day was a call to action, and on April 5, thousands of Rams across the United States and around the world rose to the challenge, raising $786,271 from 2,101 donors in 24-hours, and exceeding its goal of 1,750 donors.
The inaugural campaign, which encouraged students, alumni, parents, and supporters of Fordham to make a monetary gift of any amount to any Fordham school or area that meant the most to them, was organized in honor of Fordham’s Dodransbicentennial and Faith & Hope financial aid campaign.
Top supported areas included FCRH Scholarships, Gabelli School of Business Undergraduate Scholarships, and Fordham Fund Scholarships.
More than 80 people served as advocates for the campaign— pushing out the message of Fordham Giving Day to their networks and to the major gift donors who issued challenges and matching donations.
Successful challenges involved Bill Loschert, GABELLI ’61, a Trustee Fellow, who contributed $100,000 after 1,000 donors made a gift; Patricia Dugan-Perlmuth, FCLC ’79, who contributed $75,000 in support of the Ailey/Fordham BFA in Dance program after 1,000 members of the Fordham community made a gift; and Buzz Zaino, FCRH ‘65, who contributed $50,000 after 300 donors made a gift in 24-hours.
Rams from far away as Japan, Ghana, Brazil, Australia, and Uzbekistan showed their Fordham pride with support, helping to put a Fordham education within reach for countless students of every class, race, and creed.