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Giving Day 2020: Stony Brook Strong by the Thousands

2020 Giving Day Thank You

Stony Brook community surpasses Giving Day goal, donating more than $300,000 to 90-plus initiatives across the University

2020 Giving Day Round-UpIn the span of just 24 hours on October 8, Seawolves came forward in droves to support the areas on campus that matter most to them, from student emergency funds and scholarships to Stony Brook athletics and interdisciplinary research initiatives.

Alumni led the way in donations, making more than 40 percent of the 2,680 gifts to the fundraising drive. Other donors included faculty and staff, friends, students, parents and grateful patients.

It’s inspiring to see the Stony Brook community come together in this remarkable way,” said Stony Brook University President Maurie McInnis. “Even in the midst of exceedingly challenging times, a record number of people stepped up to show their support for Stony Brook and, really, for one another. We’re grateful to everyone who gave so generously. Once again, I’m incredibly proud to call myself a Seawolf.

Donors came from across New York, as well as 41 other states and seven countries. While over $300,000 was raised during Giving Day, the average gift was $97, demonstrating the collective impact that thousands of donors can have on areas across the University.

In the spirit of going far beyond, alumni, friends and faculty created 21 matching gift challenges and 57 donor participation challenges, generating tens of thousands of dollars in additional gifts.

Paul Muite, executive director of annual giving, announced that all gifts received before midnight on October 16 will be counted toward Giving Day. “The response to Giving Day was so remarkable this year. We want to keep that momentum going and make sure everyone has a chance to take part and show the world just how Stony Brook Strong we are.”

Please visit the Giving Day crowdfunding page to make a gift.

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