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March 02, 2020

Day of Giving on Wednesday will celebrate successes, look to future

Join the SIU Carbondale community, alumni, parents, students and friends in supporting the university and its future during the 2020 Day of Giving on March 4, when university alumni and friends can support a range of programs and initiatives that will move the university forward.

The Day of Giving online tickertape begins at 6 a.m. Wednesday and runs through 5:59 a.m. on Thursday. Giving will be tracked at in real time.

Chancellor John M. Dunn will be speaking on the celebration at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the first floor rotunda at Morris Library.

A year ago, nearly $912,000 was raised for scholarships, programs and other SIU priorities from nearly 3,000 gifts from 46 states and 10 countries. In three years, more than $1.7 million has been raised.

Along with the online giving momentum that will build throughout the 24 hours, giving booths will be set up from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Student Center, Morris Library and a new location, the Alumni Center, in Woody Hall. The booths will feature several giveaways including SIU@150 memorabilia and sunglasses and refreshments from Cristaudos.

The Day of Giving website  provides more information on the event and allows everyone to provide benefits to present and future Salukis, along with SIU programs, by donating to more than 150 initiatives and projects, including the Sustainability Green Fund and Saluki Alumni Plaza Project. Those who don’t see a particular project of interest listed can select “Other” and include the name of the program or fund they wish to support in the comments section.

In keeping with the “one vision” theme, virtual reality booths will be set up where visitors can put on headsets and travel across campus and other specific areas in Carbondale. Contributions at these booths will also be logged online.

There are several ways to follow the difference that donors are making during the 24 hours online and through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.