On March 24, 2021, Rutgers hosted its sixth annual Giving Day, a 24-hour event organized by Rutgers University Foundation. Rutgers Giving Day encourages Rutgers community members from around the world to contribute to the Rutgers schools and programs most meaningful to them, and helps fund lifesaving research, emergency student aid, on-campus programs, global teaching and service and more.
While the numbers are not yet final, the leaderboards show that this year marked both Rutgers’ and the School of Arts & Sciences-Newark (SASN)'s most successful Giving Day yet, with nearly 7,000 donors collectively giving more than $3.6 million to causes across the university. SASN, for its part, raised over $21,000 in funds, a threefold increase over 2020.
In a year where so many have been and continue to be adversely affected by the pandemic, the SASN Student Emergency Fund donations came in at close to $7,000. The fund, established in 2020, helps SASN students undergoing financial hardships that could derail their studies.
The African American and African Studies department, which had its own Giving Day campaign for the first time this year, raised close to $3,500 to help support students in the department who would like to participate in internships, research projects, explorations of cultural institutions, conference presentations and study abroad opportunities, and an additional $300 by winning the "Dynamic Duo" social media challenge. Other donations went to general funds for the school, the Honors College, and more. The Rutgers-Newark chorus won an extra $1,000 for its fund in one of the many universitywide challenges held throughout the day.
This year’s Giving Day occured at a time when philanthropy, advocacy and volunteerism take on heightened importance at the university, which has led nationally in the fight against COVID-19 and provided millions of dollars in emergency support to students adversely affected by the pandemic.
Prior to the actual day, a group of SASN student and alumni poets held a Poetry Slam and discussion hosted by Fran Bartkowski, a professor in the English department and Director of Express Newark, and SASN Dean Jacqueline Mattis, to help raise awareness for the event. A recording of the reading is available below.
Every gift, no matter how large or how small, will help Rutgers fuel widespread societal change and make the world a better place. Thanks to the generosity of all the donors, Rutgers students, researchers, and faculty members are more empowered than ever to shape the future and create a brighter tomorrow.
Missed Giving Day? It’s never too late to make an impact! You can give to an SASN cause that matters to you at any time by visiting https://go.rutgers.edu/sasnfund, or contact Patricia Margulies at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss where you'd like to make your gift.