Donors give back on #GivingTuesday

Wheaton supporters raised a combined $167,442 for the Wheaton Fund during the college’s three-day #GivingTuesday campaign, which took place from November 29 to December 1.

Among the 323 contributors were many first-time givers, as well as current donors increasing their support. The money raised included $50,000 successfully earned through a one-to-one match.

“The tremendous results from #GivingTuesday demonstrate the commitment that the Wheaton family has to supporting the needs of today’s students, faculty and staff,” said Shawn Blake ’98, co-chair of the annual giving committee. “Thank you to everyone who joined together to support the Wheaton Fund and its mission to be the difference by providing opportunities for the Wheaton community.”

This year’s campaign highlighted students, including Joey Batson ’19, Annabell Marcelino ’17, Alexa Vasilakos ’19, Rebecca Smith ’17 and Kweku Ampem-Darko ’17—who expressed gratitude to donors in a video disseminated widely across the Wheaton community.

Contributions made to the Wheaton Fund are put to immediate use in supporting students’ education. Money raised through the annual campaign provides needed funding for scholarships, internships, technology and library resources, community service programs, athletics, sustainability of campus buildings and grounds, and more.

#GivingTuesday is a global day of philanthropy celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. In 2015, more than 45,000 organizations from 71 countries came together to support their communities on #GivingTuesday.