Giving Day So Much More Than a 24-Hour Fundraising Event

Justin Fincher, PhD, Vice President for Advancement
Justin Fincher, PhD, Vice President for Advancement

In just one day, nearly 3,000 alumni, students, friends, faculty and staff came together to make a deep and lasting impact on more than 100 programs across campus.

Giving Day: 3,670 gifts from donors in 41 states and 15 countries, $392,351 raised, 19 matching gift opportunities, 38 donor participation challenges

Yet the intangible impact is equally as significant. In 24 hours, thousands of friends from around the world inspired one another. They united to help build a culture of philanthropy throughout the Stony Brook community.

The energy across campus on April 27 was palpable. Students, faculty and staff raced to visit iconic campus landmarks in an attempt to win the Giving Day Scavenger Hunt. Advancement leaders greeted people at various locations across Stony Brook Medicine to spread the word. Stony Brook radio station WUSB hosted a Giving Day-themed show filled with songs about gratitude. The university’s social channels were flooded with powerful messages.

The incredible impact I witnessed on that day, and in the days since, has left a lasting impression on me. The Stony Brook community is supportive, passionate and incredibly generous, and I am honored to be a part of it.

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