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WPU Surpasses Day of Giving Fundraising Goal

Apr 23, 2024

Thanks to the generosity of faculty, staff, students, family members, alumni, friends, and community leaders, William Peace University surpassed its fundraising goal for its annual Day of Giving last week.

On April 18, more than 300 donors gave more than $125,000.

“We are continually humbled and inspired by the overwhelming support demonstrated by the Peace community, and this year’s Day of Giving was no exception,” said Paul Scherschel, interim vice president of Advancement. “We find ourselves deeply moved by the commitment of our alumni, friends, faculty, staff, and supporters.”

Day of Giving donors were challenged by alumni who inspired philanthropic support for William Peace University:

  • Alumna Beth Lawrence ‘69 matched every gift, dollar for dollar, up to a total contribution of $20,000.
  • Trustee and Alumna Kelly Gaines ’82 provided a late-day challenge, pledging to donate $100 for every additional donation to the Peace Annual Fund during the 4 p.m. hour.
  • Alumna Kate Shivar ‘07 encouraged sustaining support through her gift of $2,500.

More than 225 donors supported the Peace Annual Fund, and 100 of those who gave on April 18 will receive a pair of Peace socks for their donation.

Day of Giving contributions help support a variety of funds on campus, including student scholarships, Pacer Pantry, Center Stage Club, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and athletics.

WPU President Brian Ralph said he is grateful to every single contributor, large and small.

“The contributions made during this Day of Giving serve as a testament to the extraordinary spirit that defines our University. Each donation, no matter the size, represents a commitment to our shared mission of preparing students for careers in the organizations of tomorrow,” Ralph said. “It is through the collective effort of our community that we are able to provide the resources and opportunities necessary for our students to thrive.”

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