University Raises More Than $5.7 Million on First-ever Day of Giving

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The Pitt community — alumni, students, faculty, staff, friends, family, and fans — made 7,106 gifts for a record-breaking total of $5,772,518 in contributions on the inaugural University of Pittsburgh Day of Giving.

Donors from all 50 states and 22 countries across six continents — including 1,695 Pitt alumni and another 486 current students — gave to the University on its 230th anniversary on Feb. 28.

“Happy 230th birthday to the greatest school on earth!!” Nasreen Harun (CBA ’16) posted on Twitter. “Happy to show my love through today.”

Thanks to the campaign’s 69 volunteers, social media impressions for Pitt Day of Giving topped 2.75 million, with 2.5 million on Twitter and Instagram alone, and another 245,971 on Facebook.

Participation challenges, funded by an anonymous donor who made a $125,000 commitment to provide additional funding for the schools, programs, or student groups that secured the highest rates of donor participation, helped drive the success of the campaign. READ MORE