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Stony Brook University Announces Inaugural “Giving Day”

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STONY BROOK, N.Y. (April 10, 2019) – Stony Brook University is launching its first annual “Giving Day,” a 24-hour online fundraising drive. Scheduled for Tuesday, April 30, Giving Day encourages the Stony Brook University community to support the University’s remarkable students, faculty, and staff and to advance Stony Brook Medicine’s mission to provide the highest quality healthcare.

All gifts will be tracked in real time on Stony Brook’s Giving Day website, including counts for gifts from Nassau County, Suffolk County, and the each of the five boroughs of New York City, with regional bragging rights on the line in the “Battle of the Boroughs” and “Clash of the Counties.”

“The philanthropic support of our alumni and friends plays a powerful role in the lives of Stony Brook students,” said Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., “and empowers our faculty to pursue transformative research. Giving Day unites the entire community, bringing them together on one day to make a resounding statement about their belief in the University and the importance of its mission, vision and values.”

In launching Giving Day, Stony Brook joins a successful trend among Association of American Universities institutions, creating a University-specific day to celebrate philanthropy.

“Stony Brook University Giving Day is all about participation,” said Dexter A. Bailey Jr., Senior Vice President for University Advancement. “It’s an exciting opportunity for our community to demonstrate Stony Brook pride while advancing the incredible work being done by students, faculty, and staff across our campuses and around the world.”

The 24-hour online fundraising event will officially begin at 12:01 a.m. EDT on April 30. Participants can direct their gifts into one of several categories under the Giving Day banner, including (but not limited to): Student Scholarships; Research and Scientific Discovery; Diversity and Inclusion; Creativity and Artistic Expression; and Healthcare and Wellness.

“Having the entire Seawolves community from across the country and around the world participate on Giving Day will make for an amazing collective contribution,” said Justus Klimavicius (‘19), president of Stony Brook’s Undergraduate Student Government, who will be directing his Giving Day contribution to the University’s traditional Roth Regatta competition.

About Stony Brook University

Stony Brook University, widely regarded as a SUNY flagship, is going beyond the expectations of what today’s public universities can accomplish. Since its founding in 1957, this young university has grown to become one of only four University Center campuses in the State University of New York (SUNY) system with more than 26,000 students, more than 2,700 faculty members and 18 NCAA Division I athletic programs. Our faculty have earned numerous prestigious awards, including the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, Indianapolis Prize for animal conservation, Abel Prize and the inaugural Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics. The University offers students an elite education with an outstanding return on investment: U.S.News & World Report ranks Stony Brook among the top 40 public universities in the nation. Its membership in the Association of American Universities (AAU) places Stony Brook among the top 62 research institutions in North America. As part of the management team of Brookhaven National Laboratory, the University joins a prestigious group of universities that have a role in running federal R&D labs. Stony Brook University fuels Long island’s economic growth. Its impact on the Long island economy amounts to $7.38 billion in increased output. Our state, country and world demand ambitious ideas, imaginative solutions and exceptional leadership to forge a better future for all. The students, alumni, researchers and faculty of Stony Brook University are prepared to meet this challenge.

For more information, visit givingday.stonybrook.edu or email annualfund@stonybrook.edu

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