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Giving Day 2021: Record Number of Donors Come Together to Support More Than 90 Programs Across Campus

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Money raised includes nearly $33,000 for Stony Brook Athletics

The Stony Brook community came together on April 21 to support students in-need and a vast number of programs across campus. A record number of 2,620 donors contributed 3,030 gifts, totaling more than $370,000, to participating programs.

Stony Brook Athletics led the way, with 331 gifts totaling $32,721. The University’s Student Emergency Support Fund, which has been a critical lifeline to students during the pandemic, received $24,473 in much-needed support for students who continue to experience financial and personal crises. Giving Day dollars raised $370,000, more than 3,030 gifts, average gift $108, 40% alumni 28% faculty/staff 21% friends 12% current students, from 43 states and 9 countries

“The tremendous sense of community at Stony Brook was a large part of what drew me here,” said President Maurie McInnis. “Seeing everyone join together like this once again, especially in a year of such significant challenges, fills me with immense gratitude and pride. I want to extend my profound thanks to our alumni, students, friends, faculty and staff who came forward to support the University and one another on this important day. Thank you for your generosity, spirit, and understanding of our mission.”

In total, donors from 10 countries and 43 states lent their support to 94 participating programs. Many of the contributions were inspired by the 22 matching gift opportunities and 48 donor participation challenges put forth by generous alumni, friends and faculty.

“This level of participation is remarkable,” said Deborah Lowen-Klein, interim vice president for Advancement. “It reinforces how incredibly fortunate we are to have such a vast network of support throughout our community. Every dollar contributed is going to make a tremendous impact on the lives of our students and in so many critical programs across the University.”

There are still opportunities to contribute to Giving Day 2021 through April 30. Please visit the Giving Day crowdfunding page to make a gift.

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