The first annual One Day for UNK: 24 Hours of Loper Giving saw individuals and organizations make 1,500 gifts totaling $237,625 to support students across the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
The philanthropic event centered at givingday.unk.edu and began at noon on Oct. 6 and concluded at noon on Oct. 7.
“Lopers are boldly independent yet fiercely together; this togetherness was vividly demonstrated during UNK’s first annual One Day for UNK: 24 Hours of Loper Giving,” said UNK Chancellor Doug Kristensen. “Thank you to each one who invested in the future of our students and experienced the pride that comes with giving back.”
The event’s goal to reach 515 gifts — a gift for each acre of the UNK campus — was surpassed by more than 190%. Contributors selected from a range of options to directly support student scholarships, student organizations, UNK’s three colleges, the library, Loper Athletics and various programs.
“The Loper community of alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents, friends and fans united to make great things happen for our university,” said Lucas Dart, vice president for UNK alumni relations and development. “We couldn’t be more grateful for their generosity and pride.”
One Day for UNK used social media and other online communication to encourage philanthropic support for all areas of the university. Participants shared why they were giving and why UNK matters to them using #OneDayforUNK.