BROOKINGS – Jackrabbits in all 50 states and across 15 countries united to tackle historic philanthropy on Sept. 8 during One Day for STATE.
In 24 hours, 5,882 donors united to raise $2,400,960 from 6,825 gifts to transform lives at South Dakota State University, supporting funds for over 110 different causes, including scholarships, research, academic programming, athletics and many more.
The SDSU Foundation’s sixth annual giving day celebrated all things SDSU and the impact that can be made through private gifts.
One Day for STATE aimed to rally alumni, faculty and staff, parents, current students and friends in support of SDSU. The total number of donors saw a jump of 440 more than last year’s event. Of the 5,882 donors, 555 identified as faculty and 449 as students, demonstrating the One Day for STATE excitement that starts on campus.
“Every day is a great day to be a Jackrabbit, but One Day for STATE is an absolute favorite of ours at the Foundation,” said Erin Glidden, SDSU Foundation director of pipeline strategy. “This is our chance to work together and make a really bold impact for SDSU.”
The celebration culminated with the community favorite Yellow and Blue Block Party. The festivities featured all the classics for the party’s lineup: performances by the Pride followed by the SDSU cheer squad and dance team, along with food trucks, free SDSU ice cream, kids’ activities and more.
“The success of One Day for STATE would not have been possible without support from the yellow and blue community, near and far. Whether you gave a gift, donated your time and talents, or simply celebrated STATE on Sept. 8, you truly made a difference. For the sixth consecutive year, the Jackrabbit family proved there’s nothing we can’t do when we work together,” according to a press release from the Foundation.