Transylvania annual giving day sets donation record in challenging times

The Transylvania University community pulled together during a recent fundraiser to help pay for scholarships and aid that students will need when they return to campus this fall.

For its fourth annual #TogetherForTransy giving day, the school raised just over $419,000 with more than 900 contributions from donors in every state.

“This year’s Together for Transy was a success from so many perspectives,” said Steve Angelucci, vice president for advancement. “To reach this unprecedented number of gifts and total giving amount, especially during this challenging time, is immensely gratifying. It’s both a fitting testimony to the love and support we enjoy from our school community and a fantastic effort by our advancement office staff.”

The giving day included a variety of challenges and temporary renaming opportunities — from the Kissing Tree to Rafinesque’s tomb. Additionally, classes, Greek organizations and sports teams participated in donation competitions. The winners were the Class of 1992, Alpha Omicron Pi and the field hockey team.

These funds will be especially helpful this year as families struggle with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The university on its Together for Transy giving site says 99% of its students receive some sort of scholarship or aid, around a third are “high need” and all of them are positively affected by donor support. “Donors are able to create a legacy that provides education, leadership opportunities, real world experiences and so much more.”

Rising senior Grace Martin said, “Without scholarships I know Transy wouldn’t be possible for me. I am grateful for the generosity of donors and the friendships I’ve gained. The relationships with my professors are unmatched, and I know I have their support as I pursue my goals.”