Ball State University is once again celebrating its best
single day of fundraising ever following the results of Tuesday’s fourth annual
Ball State Day.
Preliminary figures indicate the University received more
than 7,000 gifts totaling more than $1 million during its annual 24-hour online
fundraising event, providing much-needed support to the financial needs of
students, faculty and staff, and programs.
“We continue to be amazed at, and extremely grateful for,
the generous support our University continues to receive from our alumni,
faculty and staff, students, parents, and friends,” said Jean Crosby,
president of the Ball State University Foundation and
vice president of University Advancement. “We set an ambitious goal of raising
$1 million for this year’s One Ball State Day because we know when Cardinals
come together, we can change lives. Together, in the spirit of Beneficence, we made history again in support of Ball
State students, faculty, and programs.”
This year’s One Ball State Day preliminary fundraising
figure represents a fourth straight year of increased giving. In 2019, the
inaugural year for One Ball State Day, more than 4,100 gifts totaled
approximately $425,000; in 2020, more than 6,300 gifts totaled approximately
$534,000; last year’s event resulted in more than 10,000 gifts totaling more
than $905,000. When combined, the four days of fundraising equal more than 27,000
gifts for a total of more than $2.87 million.
In each of the last three years, Ball State received a
gift from donors in all 50 U.S. states. Also, for this year’s One Ball State
Day, the University received gifts from 10 countries across the world.
Among key drivers throughout the day during this year’s
One Ball State Day (OBSD): more than 400 individuals, including many Ball
State employees, who served as OBSD volunteer ambassadors. These ambassadors
promoted the event individually and on social media, and raised more than $161,000
Gifts made during the annual 24-hour fundraiser are vital
to advancing Ball State’s strategic priorities. This generous philanthropy will
help continue to transform the University’s campus and community and provides
opportunities for students to learn, grow, and thrive within the state of
Anyone who still wishes to
make a gift to Ball State University can do so by visiting bsu.edu/give.