SAINT AUGUSTINE — Flagler College’s third annual Giving Day saw 233 donors (191 of those alumni) raise $67,844 at the college by the close of the day on May 9 — $19,900 more than last year’s Giving Day.
The majority of the money raised for the annual day-long campaign provides undergraduate research opportunities, keeps esteemed faculty members at Flagler and helps the college continue to offer a number of academic programs designed to challenge its students.
This year’s goal was $25,000 — the lead gift amount the college’s Board of Trustees will be donating, and the amount the Board challenged alumni, donors and friends to match, in honor of retiring President William T. Abare, Jr.
“Giving Day was a huge success, thanks to donors from around the globe,” said Beverly Copeland Carmichael, Ed.D., ’72, vice president for Institutional Advancement. “Alumni and friends had the opportunity to fund noteworthy projects and make a real, immediate impact.”
Providing quality education while keeping Flagler affordable is one of the institution’s top priorities. Ninety percent of students rely on some form of financial aid. To meet this need, the college has increased funding for need-based Flagler grants by nearly $700,000 in the last six years. Fundraising efforts have contributed to the increase in funding: More than 1,000 students receive financial aid through the Flagler Fund each year.