University of Pittsburgh Eclipses Previous Pitt Day of Giving With $9.03 Million in Commitments

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The community of University of Pittsburgh alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff, and friends responded to this year’s Pitt Day of Giving by donating a record-setting $9,029,828. Gifts were made by 3,358 donors from all 50 states and 31 countries across six continents.

Well before the last gift was recorded at midnight Wednesday, February 28, 2018, Christina Patel (EDU ’07) tweeted, “PITT alumni and friends from all parts of the world have come together on #PittDayofGiving and contributed more than $8.6 million. I’m so very proud to be a Panther, have the opportunity to give back, and be one of more than 2,500 who are giving.”

That was just one of the social media posts Wednesday using #PittDayOfGiving. The hashtag garnered 2.88 million impressions over the 24-hour fundraising event celebrating the University’s Founders’ Day on February 28, 1787.

“Pitt gave me some of the greatest memories, friends, and experiences possible. It was only fitting that I finally gave back for the first time on today's #PittDayOfGiving! Forever Panther Proud! #H2P,” tweeted Jonathan Adams (SCI ’11) just before the end of the day.

Tweets like those helped make #PittDayOfGiving the number one trending hashtag in Pittsburgh throughout the day.

Pitt Day of Giving

“Our main goal was to engage the entire Pitt community and build awareness of how giving advances Pitt’s mission,” said Kris Davitt, Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Relations and President of the Medical and Health Sciences Foundation. “The results prove Pitt’s impact is felt around the globe, and that our community is incredibly supportive.”

Overall, 1,941 Pitt alumni made gifts to every school and college at the University, eclipsing last year’s total of 1,695 alumni donors. Pitt faculty and staff also rose to the challenge of the day—808 University employees each made a gift, more than doubling last year’s 371.

Other participation-based leaderboards sparked friendly competition. The Pitt School of Pharmacy won the School Participation competition to earn $30,000, while the Pitt Human Engineering Research Lab brought home the top prize of $30,000 in the Pitt Programs and Experiences competition. Among the groups in the Student Organization competition, the Pitt Men’s Glee Club gathered twice as many gifts as any other to earn $10,000.

“It really is an all-day celebration,” said Davitt. “It is so much fun to see the Pitt pride on display for this new and exciting tradition.”

Milestones were marked throughout the day such as at 1:32 p.m. surpassing the goal of receiving gifts from 500 faculty and staff, eclipsing last year’s total of $5.77 million at 4:05 p.m., and achieving the goal of receiving gifts from all 50 states at 10:15 p.m. when Hawaii checked in with the first of what would eventually be three donations.

The last milestone to be reached on the second annual Pitt Day of Giving came with just 77 minutes to go, when a gift from the Philippines pushed the University to the goal of receiving gifts from 30 countries. Russia was added just seconds before midnight to reach the total of 31 counties.

*All numbers are unaudited and could change as data are reviewed.