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Purdue Day of Giving 2022 raises record $68.2 million

The ninth annual Purdue Day of Giving, held Wednesday (April 27), invited donors to power the university’s next giant leap, and they responded with an impressive $68.2 million in contributions, up from last year’s $52.5 million and set a record for most dollars raised for higher education through a one-day campaign.

The 24-hour online, social media-driven event inspired a record 26,726 gifts and brought the Purdue Day of Giving cumulative total to $309.7 million since 2014. (Watch the YouTube Thanksgiving video.)

“When the Purdue family comes together, amazing things happen,” said Purdue president Mitch Daniels. “So I’m thrilled — but not surprised — that there has been an outpouring of generosity from this record-setting take. We’re grateful to everyone who donated to support our continued effort to make the next giant leap.”

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Three thousand students and staff members participated in the Purdue Day of Giving on-campus celebration. (Purdue University photo/Braden Williams) Download image

The fundraising program includes participating units at the West Lafayette, Fort Wayne and Purdue Northwest campuses, and Purdue Global, an online university tailored to working adults. Local county extension offices also participated, allowing each county in Indiana to raise funds for extension programming. New participants for 2022 included the Cratch Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue, the Office of Engagement, and the Purdue Military Research Institute.

Through 30 hour challenges and six #IGave challenges, 74 academic and non-academic programs compete for cash prizes. In addition, 259 student organizations participated in creating a challenge specifically for them, and students and staff participated in an on-campus carnival featuring a 60-foot tall Ferris wheel, yard games, a photo booth, food trucks and more. There was something.

Gifts ranged from $10 to $6 million, supporting a range of programs and educational initiatives. Among the gifts:

  • $6 million from Jim and Jenny Chaney for the College of Pharmacy.
  • $2 million from Beth Brooke split between the School of Management, LGBTQ Center and Intercollegiate Athletics in honor of Sharon Versip as the most winning women’s basketball coach in Purdue history.
  • $1.5 million from an anonymous donor to fund undergraduate scholarships and professor of practice positions at the Davidson School of Chemical Engineering.
  • $1 million from Brian and Irene Binash: $500,000 to renovate the Stewart Center and $500,000 to create matching-gift opportunities for the Emerging Leaders Scholars Program.
  • Pledge Commitment of $25,000 on behalf of Jackie Baer in support of the Jacqueline Maynard Bayer Scholarship in Liberal Arts in Honor of the James R. and Marilyn Bottomley Damon Endowment.
  • $20,000 from Chris Esquire to provide the SJ Esquire Memorial Scholarship, in honor of his mother, to a student in Purdue Global’s cybersecurity degree program.
  • $111 from Alina Alekseenko to the Ukrainian Student Union.
  • $10 from Molly Grotzen, senior in agribusiness, at the College of Agriculture.
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“For eight of the past nine years, Purdue has set a record for raising dollars through Higher Education Day,” said Matt Folk, president and CEO of the Purdue for Life Foundation. Purdue University. “We are extremely grateful to the thousands of Purdue students, alumni, friends, faculty and staff who support this university so generously. Dollars raised through this event have helped frozen tuition and classroom students for 11 years. during a pandemic. Through the Purdue Day of Giving, the Purdue family is providing opportunities and building for a future together. As an alumnus, I am extremely proud of my Purdue family. ”

To see the Purdue Day of Giving Thank-You videos and hourly-challenge and all-day-challenge winners, visit,

About Purdue for Life Foundation

Purdue for Life Foundation Purdue helps university friends and alumni stay connected, involved, and give back. Created in March 2020, the foundation deepens alumni relationships with Purdue, drives and coordinates all alumni-related activities in the postgraduate life of the Purdue family and alumni to gain support for the University and works with friends.

About Purdue University

Purdue University is a top public research institution developing practical solutions to today’s toughest challenges. Ranked as one of the 10 most innovative universities in the United States by U.S. News & World Report in each of the past four years, Purdue offers world-changing research and out-of-this-world exploration. Committed to practical and online, real-world learning, Purdue provides a transformative education for all. Committed to affordability and access, Purdue has capped tuition and most fees at 2012-13 levels, enabling more students to graduate debt-free than ever before. See how Purdue never stops in its relentless pursuit of the next giant leap,

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