Gifts totaling $413,000 poured in throughout Giving Day, April 28, at Hiram College. Marking its second year, the campaign brought Hiram one step closer to the second largest fundraising year in its 167-year history. Last year, Hiram reported its largest fundraising year with gifts received between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016 amounting to more than $9.3 million.
President Lori Varlotta, Ph.D., made the first gift of the day online. In all, 325 donors made gifts during the 24-hour campaign. Hiram Board of Trustees Chairman Ken Moore ’69 matched $50,000 in gifts. Larry DeYoung ’69, Board of Trustee member, and Dr. Joyce (Lewis) DeYoung ’69, matched gifts totaling $20,000.
“It is because of the generosity of our alumni and friends that we are able to reach these milestones. As I wind down year three as College president, I continue to be inspired by this pride and commitment shown to Hiram College,” Dr. Varlotta said.
Among the day’s other highlights, an original framed piece by artist Clayton Pond was awarded to a randomly selected $100 donor. Internationally recognized Pond credits Hiram College for helping him make his start as an artist.
During its inaugural year last year, Giving Day generated $286,000 from 300 donors. The campaign’s growing popularity is reflected in its 44.4 percent increase in donations and 8.3 percent increase in donor participation from 2016 to 2017. Hiram’s surge in donations outpaces national giving to colleges and universities. According to the Council for Aid to Education’s Voluntary Support of Education survey, 2016, charitable contributions to U.S. higher education institutions increased only 1.7 percent in 2016. The survey also showed that gifts from alumni declined 8.5 percent and gifts from non-alumni declined 6 percent.
About the Hiram Fund
Gifts to the Hiram Fund touch virtually every student, faculty and staff member in a very meaningful way. Year after year, the Hiram Fund delivers financial resources to support scholarships, campus preservation, classroom resources and a range of initiatives that might not otherwise be funded.