Participants can celebrate the annual Pitt Day of Giving on Feb. 25 at the William Penn Union Assembly Room with doughnuts, pizza, Pitt Day of Giving T-shirts and life-size games from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The first 250 visitors who bring a non-perishable food item for the Pitt Pantry will receive Pitt socks. There also will be giving stations, give-a-ways, a photo booth and appearances by senior administrators, including Chancellor Patrick Gallagher.
Pitt Day of Giving is a 24-hour online and on-campus fundraising event when alumni, students, faculty, staff, family and friends come together to make a gift to the University area that means the most to them.
The University has identified three areas of greatest priority — the Pitt Fund, the General Scholarship Fund and Panthers Forward.
Last year, 1,485 faculty and staff members made a gift during Pitt Day of Giving. This year, the goal is 1,787 faculty and staff donors, which will unlock an extra $5,000 for the General Scholarship Fund for students at Pitt.
Pitt Day of Giving Challenge Funds also will be awarded to the schools, regional campuses, University programs, athletic teams, and student organizations that receive the highest number of donors or gifts or increase in results compared to last year. The Day of Giving website will have live updates on leaderboards for the various competitions.
The overall goal is for 7,000 donors. Each school or organization has selected specific funds that need support, which donors can find on the Pitt Day of Giving website. For instance, Staff Council will use donations to grow the Staff Professional Development Award in Honor of Ronald W. Frisch.
— Susan Jones
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