February 24, 2023
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 24, 2023
UA Giving Day sets new record
More than 1,700 donors contribute during two-day event
Statewide - The University of Alaska system (UA), including University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) and University of Alaska Southeast (UAS), wrapped up the most successful UA Giving Day in its history, raising over $1.3 million in 49 hours. The universities saw an incredible show of support from more than 1,700 donors who came together to make a difference in the lives of students and support important programs and activities.
“The total dollars raised is astounding, and so is the fact that thousands of gifts were received from throughout Alaska, 46 states and seven countries,” said Tod Burnett, UA Foundation president. “These gifts will benefit students across Alaska. It’s humbling to see the phenomenal support for Alaska’s public university system.”
Funds raised during the UA Giving Day - 49 Hours for Alaska fundraiser are combined with the generosity of donors who give throughout the year to support critical scholarships, innovative programs and activities that help students succeed in their academic pursuits.
Private philanthropy is one way the UA system keeps higher education affordable and accessible. Last year, the UA system, UA Foundation, UAA, UAF and UAS provided nearly $79 million in direct grants and scholarships to students.
The total number of donors and funds raised this year are preliminary as gifts continue to be processed, but contributions already exceed last year’s $1.06 million total.
For those who missed the 49-hour window, gifts can still be made to the university online at https://engage.alaska.edu/.
The UA system extends a heartfelt thank you to all the donors who contributed to the success of this year's Giving Day. Your generosity will have a lasting impact on the lives of our students and the future of our state.
The University of Alaska Foundation is an independent, nonprofit corporation established in 1974 to work in partnership with Alaska’s three universities to seek, secure and steward philanthropic support. For more information on the foundation and how to contribute, please visit www.alaska.edu/foundation.
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For more information about UA Giving Day efforts by university, please contact:
- Austin Osborne, UAA, 907-786-1296, email@example.com
- Marmian Grimes, UAF, 907-474-7902, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lynne Johnson, UAS, 907-796-6416, email@example.com
- Cassandra Stalzer, UA Foundation, 907-223-9908, firstname.lastname@example.org