People give back to Hiram College for a number of reasons, but donors came out in droves to show their dedication to the institution on this year’s annual Hiram Giving Day, donating more than $236,000 in a 24-hour period. Now, the College is primed to break its record of $8.2 million in funds raised in a single academic year.
President Lori Varlotta kicked off the day by making the first online gift. Her interest in giving was contagious with more than 300 friends, alumni, employees, trustees giving online gifts throughout the day.
“My Chinese friends kicked off the winter months by ringing in the Year of the Monkey. But at Hiram College we are celebrating, in great form, the Year of the Terrier,” said Dr. Varlotta. “The record set for the Day of Giving is only one of many accomplishments we have logged in this year. This is a great time to work and study at Hiram College, and as it turns out we still have some space available for the incoming class. If you want to be a part of a long and impressive tradition, come check us out.”
For alumni Larry DeYoung ’69 and his wife Joyce, giving to Hiram means giving students a break and an opportunity. The DeYoungs matched gifts up to $75,000 on Hiram’s Giving Day. It was the largest day of online fundraising in Hiram College’s history.
“I give back to Hiram because my Hiram experience was an empowering one,” says Larry DeYoung, who describes his time as a Hiram student as transformational. “I entered the College as a naive small-town boy and graduated with a much deeper, broader understanding of the world.”
“Going to Hiram was a financial ‘stretch’ for me back then, and I know that situation still applies to many Hiram students today. I want others to have the benefits I had of a Hiram College education,” he says.
Hiram also received a $50,000 endowment gift during Giving Day, bringing the preliminary total to $286,000.
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.