Giving Tuesday fundraising nets Eastern Michigan University $1.2M

YPSILANTI, MI — Eastern Michigan University raised approximately $1.2 million during its Giving Tuesday fundraising campaign, officials announced Wednesday.

More than 1,300 supporters donated to a variety of scholarships, programs and services as part of EMU’s #GIVINGTRUEDAY campaign, according to a university news release. The university surpassed last year’s donations by about $400,000, the release states.

“We are a welcoming and caring campus, and that was profoundly evident on this remarkable and record-setting day,” said EMU President James Smith. “I am proud of how our faculty, staff, alumni and supporters responded to the challenge of helping fund many scholarships, programs, student organizations, and special initiatives at Eastern. It is truly inspiring.”

The campaign included several matching gift challenges, including a one-to-one match for gifts to the EMU Student Emergency Fund up to $20,000. EMU’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors contributed $20,000 to double the matching gift challenge, the release states.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Student Emergency Fund has helped more than 500 students in need, according to the release.

About 230 donors also contributed nearly $31,000 to WEMU, the university’s National Public Radio affiliate, exceeding its goal of $20,000.

More information on EMU’s Giving Tuesday efforts can be found here.


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