Stony Brook University Surpasses $1 Million Milestone on Record-Breaking Giving Day

The Seawolves community came together to open doors for 105 programs across the university in just 24 hours as part of Stony Brook University’s sixth Giving Day on March 27. The success of Giving Day was undeniable, with 3,800 gifts totaling a record-breaking $1.6 million, more than doubling the amount raised last year.

“I witnessed the incredible generosity of our community on a grand scale this Giving Day,” said President Maurie McInnis. “Thank you to everyone who came forward to help fund scholarships, advance research, and further our work as New York’s flagship university. ”

More than 3,000 Stony Brook students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends gave a combined $1.6 million to more than 105 different areas on campus, supporting any combination of programs that matter most to them — whether scholarships, athletics, the arts, medicine or many others.

An anonymous couple from the Class of 1967 made a $1 million planned gift to support scholarships in physics, math, and the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. The couple has already supported more than 20 students through prior giving, and has now decided to leave a legacy with this generous planned gift.

“I am more inspired every year by the engagement and generosity of the Stony Brook community on Giving Day,” said Justin Fincher, PhD, vice president for advancement and executive director of the Stony Brook Foundation. “Our students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends came together yet again to make an incredible impact. We are thankful for everyone’s support.” 

Support came from six countries and 38 states. Many of the contributions were inspired by the 46 matching gift opportunities and donor participation challenges made possible by generous alumni, friends, faculty and staff.

This year, there was a “Top 3 for SB” Challenge. Thanks to an anonymous donor, the three featured projects with the most number of Giving Day donors who made gifts of $50 or more were awarded additional support. The Stony Brook Club Hockey came in first, and received an additional $25,000. The Long Island State Veterans Home and the Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology Endowment for Excellence came in second and third, respectively.

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