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Drexel University’s Day of Giving

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On May 24, Drexel alumni, students, parents, friends, faculty and staff from around the world stepped up to make a difference.  In the process, they broke records. Together, 3,707 supporters gave $824,534 – the most donors and dollars ever raised in a single day at Drexel.

Now in its second year, Day of Giving: 24 Hours of Impact is a day-long fundraising campaign made possible by challenge funds generously donated by Drexel’s Board of Trustees.  The day’s goal is simple: bring the community together and raise as much support for Drexel as possible in 24 hours. 

While the day is over, the momentum that began on May 24 is ongoing.  Support from donors allows Drexel to continue providing the best experiences, opportunities and resources for our students.
Thank you to everyone who made this record-breaking day possible. 

Although the community came together with the goal of giving back, they were also accomplishing another important task: each donor got us one step closer to cracking a code which unlocked a time capsule hidden in 1891 by our founder, A.J. Drexel. Every 250 donors revealed another piece of the code and Drexel needed 1,250 codebreakers (donors) to hit goal and unlock the capsule. Because of support of Drexel’s amazing faculty, staff, students, alumni, parents and friends, the day closed with more than 3,700 donors, nearly 3 times the initial goal.

Hidden in that time capsule was A.J. Drexel’s vision for Drexel University: an urban university focused on experiential learning, translational research, and civic engagement. Today, Drexel is all three of those things thanks in large part to the generous support of individual donors who understand that their gift, regardless of its size, impacts the experience of Drexel students every day.

More than 80 areas of the university, including all of the schools and colleges, varsity sports, and active Greek organizations, were featured on day of giving. Challenges, made possible by $55,000 given by Drexel Board of Trustees, allowed the units to compete for additional funds by securing the most donors in a specific time frame. Support came from alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff and friends across the community.

See below for the areas of support with the most donors:


It takes a village! Browse below to see pictures, posts and tweets from the campus partners and community members who made Day of Giving possible.