UgivethaNKs donor recognition returns for second year

KEARNEY – The Blue and Gold Gratitude Project UgivethaNKs is returning to the University of Nebraska at Kearney for a second year.

Organized by the University of Nebraska Foundation and UNK Alumni Association, the event aims to educate students about philanthropy and encourage them to thank and recognize donors for their impact on the university.

U-Give-Thanks-webUgivethaNKs begins at 11 a.m. April 27 with a kickoff event at the Nebraska Student Union, which will include remarks about the project by Vice President of Alumni Relations and Development Lucas Dart. Refreshments will be served and students can pick up UgivethaNKs pins to wear throughout the project.

UgivethaNKs runs through spring commencement May 8.

A major component of UgiveThaNKs is displaying thank you cards written by students. Thank you cards and drop boxes located in buildings across campus will encourage students, faculty and staff to write notes of gratitude to donors.

Students will be asked to express their gratitude for scholarships they have received, share memorable experiences at UNK and thank people at the university such as favorite faculty. The notes will be collected and displayed the final two weeks of the semester at the Nebraskan Student Union as a symbol of the project and reminder to give thanks for everything UNK offers.

A new feature of UgivethaNKs includes bracelets for students who received a scholarship this year. The bracelets, available at the Financial Aid Office, are meant to serve as a reminder of scholarship gifts given by donors.

Scholarship recipients will be encouraged to write a thank you note to the donor of their scholarship while they are in the Financial Aid Office.


Writer: Todd Gottula, Director of Communications, 308.865.8454,
Contact: Anne McConkey, Director of Development, University of Nebraska Foundation, 308-698-5282,

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