Florida Tech Panthers Roar as Annual Day of Giving Draws Nearly 2,000 Donors
By Space Coast Daily // November 21, 2019
24-Hour Event Generated Support for Programs Across the University
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Nearly 2,000 donors from 39 countries showed their Panther pride as Florida Tech’s Day of Giving roared to a resounding success Tuesday.
The 24-hour annual event attracted 1,984 donors, and more may be added once the final count is completed. They pledged more than $175,000 to the university, not including matching dollars.
“Day of Giving is something truly special at Florida Tech,” said Gary Grant, senior vice president for development.
“We are so proud of our alumni and thankful for their support, and we look forward to building on this success together, as we ensure Florida Tech remains one of the world’s best universities.”
Donations were given to various groups and programs at the university, including athletics, the Alumni Center, the Joy and Gordon Patterson Botanical Garden, Catholic Campus Ministry, Continuing Education, museums, Student Life, Evans Library, The Scott Center for Autism Treatment, weVENTURE and WFIT-FM 89.5.
Athletics led with 546 donations worth nearly $60,000. The Nathan Bisk College of Business attracted 196 donors, the most among the colleges, and the College of Engineering and Science was tops in donations, at nearly $22,000.
Other top recipients included the Panther Fund with $36,547, The Scott Center for Autism Treatment with $26,590 and the Alumni Center with $25,545.
The importance of participation in Day of Giving goes beyond any particular amount of money raised, Grant noted.
No matter the size of individual donations, the level of alumni participation overall is a key factor in how organizations, including the influential ranking publication U.S. News and World Report, perceive the success of a university and how they ultimately rank it.