Eastern Michigan University announces successful Giving TrueDay

EMU student wearing an Eastern t-shirt holds up a Give Rise #GivingTrueday sign at the Student Center tables

YPSILANTI - On Nov. 29, 2022, Eastern Michigan University alumni, friends, faculty, staff, and students came together for the University’s annual day of giving, #GIVINGTRUEDAY. Thanks to the support of 957 donors, EMU raised almost $600,000 to support scholarships, programs, and services across the university.

The number of crowdfunding campaigns was a highlight of this year’s efforts. Faculty, staff, and students led more than 30 crowdfunding campaigns to raise awareness and grow support for scholarships, programs, and initiatives across campus. Notably, the EMU career closet, an initiative providing students and alumni with free and equitable access to professional clothing and accessories, raised over $2,500 and will be receiving an additional $10K gift in kind from a local clothing store.

"Eastern’s most meaningful and important support has always come from within – from our alumni, students, faculty, staff, emeritus, and friends – and this Giving TrueDay proved no different,” said EMU President James Smith.“The level of support we received validates the community’s confidence in the caliber of education and services we’re providing locally, regionally, and nationally, and we’re both grateful and deeply appreciative.”

This year’s Giving TrueDay success was bolstered by many significant leadership gifts, including a gift of almost $90,000 in support of scholarships, Swoop’s Food Pantry, and critical programs within Academic Success Partnerships.

Bill Shepard, vice president for Advancement & executive director of the EMU Foundation, added, “Giving TrueDay's success this year has been a significant contributor to the success of Eastern’s $100 million Give Rise campaign to help ensure we can achieve our goals of supporting student success, advancing EMU’s programs of distinction, and helping students beyond the classroom.”

For more information, visit emich.edu/givingtrueday and our campaign website, emugiverise.com.

About Eastern Michigan University
Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves more than 14,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Human Services; and its graduate school. National publications regularly recognize EMU for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. Visit the University’s rankings and points of pride websites to learn more. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website. To stay up to date on University news, activities and announcements, visit EMU Today.

December 01, 2022

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Aric Bird

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