Last year, the College of Idaho raised over $125,000 in 24 hours thanks to the generous donations and pledges of the C of I community, alumni and local organizations. The first Giving Day event far exceeded the College’s initial goals — and this year, the College hopes to exceed them once again.
The 2nd Annual College of Idaho Giving Day is set for April 3, 2018, a full 24-hours of philanthropy designed to encourage the C of I community to give back to the College in a way that will maximize their gifts. Donors can specify where their contributions will be spent, from giving to their favorite athletic team, helping to fund student scholarships through the General Scholarship Fund, and contributing to ongoing campus maintenance and beautification.
Individuals can give their gifts — and track gifts in real time — at https://yotesgive.collegeofidaho.edu/.
During last year’s Giving Day, 288 individual donors provided the College with gifts, many of whom made a gift for the first time. This year, the College is seeking 350 individual donations.
“The College of Idaho community is amazing,” said Sarah Nash ‘09, director of the C of I Boone Fund. “Every time we’ve asked them to help us reach a goal, they’ve far exceeded it. Whether a donor can give $5 or $5,000, their gift helps share the spirit of philanthropy with our students and campus.”
Like last year’s Giving Day, individual gifts will be joined by matching gifts for specific projects and funds. Crookham Company is providing a $30,000 match for all gifts made to the College, which will go directly to the General Scholarship Fund. Other scholarship funds beyond the general fund will also have matches available on Giving Day, including a $5,000 match for gifts made to the Frank Blood Scholarship and a $3,5000 match for gifts made to the Sigma Chi Scholarship Fund, offered by Sigma Chi alumni Solon Carlson ’00, Bill Hirai ’91, Paul Vinci ’91, and a fourth anonymous donor.
Other matches available include a $5,000 match for donations to help pay for the repair of the organ in Jewett Auditorium and a $5,000 match for gifts made to men’s soccer, offered by alumnus Scott Hurter ’87.
In total, $48,500 in matching funds are available if the College can satisfy the conditions, allowing individual gifts to be effectively doubled during this special 24 hour period.
Every gift will be tracked in real time at yotesgive.collegeofidaho.edu, which also features a heat map of the United States. The more alumni from individual states give, the deeper purple their state’s shade will become on the map. There will also be leaderboards tracking how much money individual class years have raised during Giving Day, encouraging classes to come together and give as much as they can to come out on top.
The campus will hold a number of activities celebrating Giving Day throughout the day, including free food on the Morrison Quadrangle, lawn games, and special events for reaching certain giving milestones, including C of I students, staff and faculty taking a pie to the face if enough donors provide gifts.
The C of I community is encouraged to use the #YotesGive2018 hashtag on social media. In the days leading up to Giving Day, individuals who utilize the hashtag on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram may have the opportunity to win a special C of I swag package including C of I apparel and accessories. To enter to win, please take the following steps:
1. Post a throwback photo of your time at the College on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and explain why you continue to support future Yotes.
2. Use the #YotesGive2018 in each post.
3. Make a post each of the three days before Giving Day: March 31, April 1 and April 2.
Thank you to everyone in the C of I community for your support of Give Day! We love our YoteFam!
The College of Idaho has a 127-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 www.collegeofidaho.edu.