C of I Giving Day raises $125,000 in 24 hours

The College of Idaho’s students, alumni, staff, faculty and friends came together on April 11 with a simple goal: to celebrate the College through its culture of philanthropy.

After a busy 24 hours of generous donations, community outreach and a couple of thrown pies, the inaugural C of I Giving Day raised more than $125,000—far exceeding the College’s original goals.

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“I’m incredibly impressed by the outpouring of support and camaraderie from the community, both on and off campus,” said C of I Director of Development Jack Cafferty ’97. “For a school our size to come together and gather this much on its very first Giving Day is extremely encouraging.”

Giving was tracked live at, and the final total reached $125,370 across multiple funds. The Boone Fund, the college’s unrestricted giving program, was one of the largest beneficiaries. Donors also gave to student organizations, scholarship funds, athletics, and study abroad opportunities, as well as campus beautification and infrastructure.

Giving Day was bolstered by matching challenges set by individual and organizational donors. The C of I community rose to the occasion, unlocking an additional $35,000 to supplement what was already raised. This included donations from the Crookham Company and from alumnus Bob Plumb ’73, who pledged an additional gift to encourage100 first-time donors.

“I think a big reason we saw so many first-time donors was the instant gratification of seeing others give,” Cafferty said. “Seeing so many people demonstrate their support of the College created an opportunity for others to do the same.”

Throughout the event, students enjoyed free food and activities in Morrison Quadrangle, including two staff members taking pies to the face after specific staff and faculty giving goals were met. Cafferty was pied after 25 pledges were made by staff and faculty, while C of I Director of Marketing and Communications Jordan Rodriguez earned his pie after the number reached 50.

But for Cafferty, what best represented the day was the opportunity for students to write thank you cards for donors in real time, showing gratitude for their support and care for the College.

“For our students to recognize the philanthropy of alumni was what I think Giving Day was all about,” he said.

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The College of Idaho has a 125-year-old legacy of excellence. The C of I is known for its outstanding academic programs, winning athletics tradition and history of producing successful graduates, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three governors, four NFL players and countless business leaders and innovators. Its distinctive PEAK Curriculum challenges students to attain competency in the four knowledge peaks of humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field—empowering them to earn a major and three minors in four years. The College’s close-knit, residential campus is located in Caldwell, where its proximity both to Boise and to the world-class outdoor activities of southwest Idaho’s mountains and rivers offers unique opportunities for learning beyond the classroom.  For more information, visit