Published July 28, 2020

Rutgers Giving Day 2020 raised a total of $1.94 million, with 5,790 individual donors.

June 17 was the university’s fifth annual Rutgers Giving Day, and its success reminded us that everyone can play a part in brightening the future and transforming lives. Even during these difficult times, donors and friends of Rutgers University came together to inspire one another, share their voice, and make a difference where it matters most right now.

Building on the momentum of previous years, Rutgers Giving Day 2020 raised a total of $1.94 million, with 5,790 individual donors stepping up and making an impact. Of these, 2,771 were Rutgers alumni, and they collectively donated $1.38 million or 71 percent of the total dollar amount. Thanks to energized outreach through social media and the support inspired by ambassadors reaching out to their fellow peers, the opportunity to give extended beyond Rutgers’ vast alumni network to include donors from all walks of life.

To the thousands of alumni, students, staff members, and friends of the university who came forward and made a gift—thank you. You helped Rutgers help the world, and your voice was heard throughout the daylong show of scarlet pride. Because of this incredible display of generosity, Rutgers can empower the next generation of diverse leaders, strengthen a vast array of schools and programs, put COVID-19 research into high gear, and provide crucial assistance to students who might otherwise not be able to attend Rutgers.

Rutgers Giving Day June 17, 2020 Your Rutgers Giving Day Impact 5,790 donors gave nearly $1.94 million for life-changing programs and opportunities. Nearly $300K for the Scarlet Promise Grant Endowment which provides aid for undergraduate students with limited financial resources. More than $44K to help students with unexpected challenges or opportunities as they arise. Nearly $235K for schools and colleges, which provide vital learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom. More than $220K for scholarships and college access, ensuring students can attend Rutgers regardless of their financial circumstances. More than $80K for research, the arts, and culture, keeping Rutgers at the forefront of discovery, artistic creativity, and much more.
More than $30K for health and wellness research, education, and clinical care and to help our scientists, physicians, nurses, and medical students fight COVID-19. Nearly  $280K for student support and programs, including libraries, food pantries, leadership initiatives, emergency support, and other critical areas. 
Nearly $200K for Rutgers Athletics to provide scholarships, state-of-the-art facilities, and 360-degree support for student-athletes. More than $11K for student organizations and club sports that support student passions and enhance the Rutgers experience. 35% of all donors made their 1st ever gift to Rutgers. On behalf of the students, faculty, and programs you supports, thank you for being a part of Rutgers Giving Day 2020.

The Rutgers community’s commitment to the university during these unprecedented times is inspiring. Thank you for coming together to better our world, when the world needs it most.

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