Virginia Commonwealth University held its first giving day on April 28. The 24-hour fundraiser brought together university departments, athletics, student and community programs, VCU Health and more in an effort to have a transformational impact on the university.

At the end of the day, the grand total reached $2,562,085 received from 4,840 VCU Ramily members living around the world. Donations will fund more than 80 campus campaign initiatives. Official totals are still being finalized.

Jay Davenport, VCU’s vice president of development and alumni relations, said Giving Day will become an annual tradition.

“This has been an exciting year for VCU as our donors have already helped us achieve a record giving year,” he said. “And on our first Giving Day, our alumni and friends proved that VCU is an important part of their lives. Every gift, no matter how small, makes a difference, and we’re grateful for each one.

Your participation in VCU’s inaugural Giving Day is an inspiration to the VCU community. Thank you for choosing VCU as one of your philanthropic priorities.

Students also had the chance to participate in Giving Day through activities organized as part of VCU’s annual philanthropy week. Members of Students Today Alumni Tomorrow, VCU’s alumni organization, gathered on campus to share how private philanthropy has enriched the VCU experience for students.

“We are so grateful for everyone’s participation in our first Giving Day, when we came together to celebrate how we are transforming the community and the world,” said Michael Rao, Ph.D., President of VCU and VCU Health. “The dedication, enthusiasm and generosity of our graduates and friends has impacted the entire university. With their support, students will learn and experience more, discoveries will be made, and communities will be strengthened.

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