On March 29, Student Government paired with NC State’s Division of Academic and Student Affairs and Office of Annual Giving to host Student Giving Day. The event was part of an initiative to shift the culture of student philanthropy at NC State and was celebrated across campus — its central location being on Stafford Commons outside of Talley Student Union.
Students took pictures with Mr. Wuf and wrote on whiteboards about opportunities they have been afforded at NC State thanks to private support. Students credited philanthropy with giving them the chance to find their ideal career paths, expose dance to larger communities and grow as leaders who exceed their own expectations. Even Mr. Wuf responded that private support gives him the chance to “have extraordinary experiences at NC State.”
Due to its central location, the Student Giving Day tables drew in many curious students who stopped to learn more about why student philanthropy is important. Participants enjoyed games, food, T-shirts and tie-dyeing while engaging in conversations about how giving back to the university makes NC State a better place.
Seniors who chose to make a $20.17 gift received philanthropy cords to wear at graduation to formally showcase their commitment to the university.
Makeila Bowers, a senior in science, technology & society, was inspired to give by her mother who had always wanted to attend NC State. As a surprise, Bowers made a donation in her mother’s name to say thank-you for all of her love and encouragement.
“In honor of her always supporting me and pushing me to do my best, I gave in my mother’s name to show how grateful I am for everything she has done for me,” Bowers said. “I think it is important to support others and give everyone the opportunity to be the best they can be.”
Student Giving Day helped to grow the student body’s awareness and involvement in philanthropy. Last year, approximately 1 percent of NC State undergraduates gave back to the university. This year, more than 4 percent of undergraduates chose to participate in Student Giving Day.
“This year’s Student Giving Day surpassed all our expectations,” said Sam Shain, the student philanthropy director for Student Government, who helped organize the event. “I am hopeful about next year’s Student Giving Day because we already have a plan of action in place. You can expect to see an incredible uptick in participation from all colleges and several additional NC State divisions.”
– Sarah Keener ’18, Development Communications and Stewardship Student Writer