You have heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday — now there is Giving Tuesday. On December 2, 2014, Furman University will be joining the third annual worldwide giving campaign. Last year, Furman raised $18,000 through the generosity of alumni, parents, and friends. This year, the University hopes to raise $20,000.
Both students and alumni can contribute to Giving Tuesday efforts. To keep with the spirit of the giving day, the development office is offering incentives for donors who contribute at certain times. Last year, these incentives included a personal call from the President, a sweatshirt from the Furman bookstore, and the chance to send a favorite professor coffee and a pastry, to name a few. As the Giving Tuesday campaign is largely social media based, donors are encouraged to post an “Unselfie” on the networks of their choice, a photo taken with a piece of paper covering your face and identifying the organization you choose to support.
Students are also gaining an opportunity to become involved. This year, students are encouraged to give to different charities sponsored by Furman groups. On December 2, student organizations will assemble outside the library publicizing their involvement in a specific charity in the Greenville area. Others will have the opportunity to learn and donate to charities that matter to them. Students will also enjoy festive incentives, possibly including coffee, donuts and parking passes in Furman’s most desired parking lots.
We look forward to seeing how the Furman community gives back this holiday season. Be sure to follow this movement on social media through #GivingTuesday, #DinsDonate, and #Unselfie.