RowanGIVES Day Celebrates 5-Year Anniversary, Makes History

RowanGIVES Day Celebrates 5-Year Anniversary, Makes History

Students celebrate RowanGIVES Day 2019

On March 5th, Rowan University held its fifth annual RowanGIVES Day, a 24-hour giving campaign celebrating the importance of philanthropy.

Students, alumni, faculty, staff, parents and friends shattered participation goals by donating to areas of the University about which they are most passionate.

A nod to Rowan University’s founding year, organizers set a goal of 1,923 participants, ending with 2,585 donors overall and a grand total of $127,650 raised.

“Each year, I am so proud of this event,” said Senior Vice President for University Advancement John Zabinski. “But more so, I’m proud to represent and contribute to a University that is loved and supported by so many and to see the impact this community made in just 24 hours.”

Garnering the most pledges and gifts in the event’s history, the stakes were high, promoting seven special “challenges” with the potential to unlock additional funding for designated areas and organizations within the University. 

The five designations that received the most donations each earned an additional $1,923 sponsored by Board of Trustees member Virginia Rowan Smith. They included: the Women’s Ice Hockey Club, the Early Childhood Demonstration Center, the James S. Huff-Miller Memorial Scholarship Fund, Rowan Unified Sports, and the Marvin Harris Memorial Fund. To see all of this year’s challenge winners and donor honor roll, check out the RowanGIVES Day page.

RowanGIVES Day welcomes philanthropy in all forms, and so volunteerism, in addition to monetary giving, is a huge part of the day. The Chamberlain Student Center Pit hosted a special celebration with a live broadcast by WGLS-FM and dozens of student volunteers representing various campus groups.

One organization in attendance was The SHOP Food Pantry and Resource Center, represented by senior Olivia Dellston. Located in Building 5, Room 141 of the Rowan Boulevard Apartments, the on-campus pantry provides supplies like shampoo, razors, toilet paper, and toothbrushes as well as a wide array of foodstuffs.

“Unfortunately, there’s a stigma that comes with being affected by food insecurity,” Dellston said. “It’s an invisible problem that affects campuses across America. The SHOP is a vital resource, and it’s completely free.”

Representing Rowan Unified Sports, sophomores Kara Natoli and Kyle Perez said their main goal was to raise awareness for the partnership between Rowan and the Special Olympics.

“Of course raising money is important. With more funding, we can host more events,” Perez said. “But reaching out and connecting with more participants and volunteers is what I’m really passionate about.”

Mariah Francisco, Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement, said even if students couldn’t donate or volunteer on March 5th, they are encouraged to support Rowan in other ways.

“We’re grateful to all the students who’ve made a gift because we know how difficult that can be,” she said. “But students can also support the day’s efforts on social media simply by sharing the hashtag #RowanGIVES which unlocked additional challenge funds.”

If you missed out on the fun of contributing but still want to give back, visit the Rowan University Foundation website!