BSU Day of Giving 2024

$248,087
Donated
123% of $200,000 goal
805
Donors
This campaign ended on February 24, 2024, but you can still make a gift to Bemidji State University by clicking here!
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Kyle photoFodness matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $100Just for Tennis

Ekren Miller photoEkren Miller matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $500Just for Men's Golf

An Anonymous DonorBLACK STUDENT UNION: Big Oaks Foundation matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $1,000

An Anonymous DonorACCOUNTING: Big Oaks Foundation matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $1,000

An Anonymous DonorINTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORGANIZATION: Big Oaks Foundation matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $1,000

An Anonymous DonorCRIMINAL JUSTICE: Big Oaks Foundation matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $1,000

An Anonymous DonorJoanne Provo matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $1,000

An Anonymous DonorEmily Lauritsen & Britt matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $1,000Just for Athletic Department

An Anonymous DonorSUSTAINABILITY: Anonymous Donor matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $1,500

An Anonymous DonorSOFTBALL: Anonymous Donor matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $2,500

An Anonymous DonorAQUATIC BIOLOGY: Joe & Patty Grabowski matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $5,000

An Anonymous DonorLAKESIDE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS: Big Oaks Foundation matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $5,000

An Anonymous DonorNURSING: Stella & Paul Nelson matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $10,000

An Anonymous DonorMEN'S HOCKEY: Anonymous Donor matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $15,000
About

Day of Giving is back for 2024!

Now six years strong, Bemidji State University's Day of Giving is a tradition that brings BSU alumni, students, parents, Beaver athletics fans and others together to make a major difference for students representing areas all across campus.


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Still hoping to make a gift? We've got you covered.


Hundreds of people chose to support Bemidji State University on Day of Giving. We've been blown away!

If you were one of them, we can't thank you enough. But if you're still hoping to get in on the action and just couldn't on Tuesday, we've kept you in mind.

This donation page will remain open until 11:59 p.m. Central Time on Friday, Feb. 23, so that you can give a gift if you still want to. Our numbers can keep climbing with your help!

6 days ago by Micah Friez
That's a wrap!

The clock struck midnight, but not before you did some incredible things. Day of Giving 2024 has featured $216,292 in gifts behind 696 donors from 32 states and four countries. You set new single-year records for dollars and donors and surpassed $1 million in Day of Giving history. Now that's building the dam!

Get some rest, Beavers. You've earned it with a job well done.

6 days ago by Micah Friez
One last challenge!

Time is running out, but we've got time to sneak in one more challenge. The last five gifts over $150 unlock an additional $200 to the designation of their choice. Claim your prize before the clock strikes midnight!

6 days ago by Micah Friez
We did it: We hit our goal, thanks to YOU!

Goal: Reached
Crushed: It
Go: Beavs

We've hit $200,000 in Day of Giving donations, which means you got us to our goal! It's time to celebrate! 🎉

6 days ago by Micah Friez
ONE MILLION BUCKS!


Beavers sure know what it means to be generous. We've hit the $1,000,000 milestone in Day of Giving history, and we couldn't be more proud of the alumni and friends who got there. Thank you from all of us here at BSU for reaching this incredible achievement for our students!

6 days ago by Micah Friez
The End Strong Challenge is live!

It's time for a new challenge! There's a $500 match up for grabs, and you can claim it by making the largest gift before midnight... starting now!

6 days ago by Micah Friez
Lynn Dorn: Bemidji State "changed my life"

Lynn Dorn, a 1972 Bemidji State graduate, wants you to get involved! "I'm indebted to the faculty and staff who, in many ways, changed my life," she said. "... I hope you join me today and others in making your contribution."

It's not too late to join the cause! Pick a designation to get started.

6 days ago by Micah Friez
Pong Yang's story

Pong Yang’s journey to Bemidji State University began decades before he was born.

His path truly started with his parents, Tom and Michelle, who were refugee survivors of the Vietnam War. When Pong was young, he listened to their stories – how they fled horrors in Laos, trekked through the jungle and fled to Thailand in the late 1960s.

Tom and Michelle eventually moved to the United States in search of a better life for their children. Pong called their determination the “spark” that made him want to attend college, and he said donors are the ones who help ignite that passion.

“Education is really the key to live a good life here in America,” he said. “People who donate have an intention to help lower-class families or those who are in financial need. That really sets them apart from other individuals because they have a really bright heart. They see the struggles and don’t want people to struggle through that.”

Read the full story here: https://bit.ly/3uJq4rB

6 days ago by Micah Friez
Booyah!

Thanks to 337 incredible donors, we've reached 75% of our goal for Day of Giving!

There's a long way to go – and plenty of designations are still in need of support – so let's keep this momentum rolling.

6 days ago by Micah Friez
Build the Dam was a hit!

Build the Dam was a hit! Here's a look at our Beaver colony showing up to support our Day of Giving efforts.

If you couldn't join us, you can still participate in Day of Giving by making a donation. But don't wait – time is running out!

6 days ago by Micah Friez
"One step closer"

Mary Frances Halseth, a scholarship recipient and soon-to-be Bemidji State graduate, is thankful for donors who are committed to our students' educational journey. Here's what she had to say:

"I am a registered nurse pursuing my bachelor of science in nursing to advance my career. I plan to graduate from Bemidji State University's BSN program in May 2024. Furthermore, I have been caring for others my whole life and started at an early age by volunteering my time to help my neighbor who had multiple sclerosis. After getting married and starting my family, I became an in-home licensed daycare provider and helped raise 77 children during my 15 years. In addition to my passion for caring for people, I pursued my lifelong dream of being a registered nurse and enrolled in college at 38. Then, I graduated from the nursing program at North Hennepin Community College in the spring of 2021 and passed my state nursing boards. Currently, I am in the process of accepting a position at the VA hospital caring for our veterans. I believe this position will be well suited for me, as my family has a long history of serving in the military, and this opportunity gives me a chance to provide care and, in my own way, thank them for their service. The scholarship I received is significant to me and will help immensely as I finish my BSN classes and reach my educational goal of having a bachelor's degree in nursing. Thank you again for your generosity and support. I promise you that I am committed to my education and the healthcare field – and one step closer to having my BSN degree – thanks to your generosity."

6 days ago by Micah Friez
We're halfway to $200,000!


We're officially halfway there!

As of 12:27 p.m., we crossed $100,000 in Day of Giving donations! We're so appreciative of your philanthropy so far today, and we know our students are too.

That said, we're not done yet! We still need you to back us as we continue to push forward in pursuit of our $200,000 goal. It's incredible to see the difference you've made so far, and we're confident that we've got the right people to get us to the finish line.

6 days ago by Micah Friez
Hear from a student on the difference your gift makes!

Here's what Stella Dolan, a pitcher on the softball team and a BSU senior, had to say about the impact donors make on Day of Giving:

"The community's generosity has empowered me to explore avenues beyond athletics, engaging in volunteer work, leadership roles and research opportunities, all of which have greatly enriched my college experience."

6 days ago by Micah Friez
Jake Richmann says it's time to give back!

Jake Richmann, a 2004 Bemidji State graduate, wants you to step up for Day of Giving! Help build the dam by donating to an initiative of your choice.

7 days ago by Micah Friez
Be our first challenge winner!


The Day of Giving Early Bird challenge is now underway! The first five people to make a gift of $100 or more will have their gift matched up to $100. Make a gift right now to be among the first!

7 days ago by Micah Friez
Day of Giving starts NOW!


This is it, Beavers! The clock has struck midnight, which means Day of Giving is officially underway. We're so excited to see where we stand 24 hours from now, but we're going to need your help to get us to the finish line. Let's do this thing!

7 days ago by Micah Friez

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Book icon2%Students
Parent icon9%Parents
Suitcase icon11%Faculty/Staff
Friends icon9%Friends
Suitcase icon2%Board Members
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MEN'S HOCKEY: Anonymous Donor photo
MEN'S HOCKEY: Anonymous Donor
Heart icon matched a total of $15,000
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generated 289 clicks and 61 gifts, totaling $10,345
NURSING: Stella & Paul Nelson photo
NURSING: Stella & Paul Nelson
Heart icon matched a total of $10,000
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generated 476 clicks and 39 gifts, totaling $6,835
AQUATIC BIOLOGY: Joe & Patty Grabowski photo
AQUATIC BIOLOGY: Joe & Patty Grabowski
Heart icon matched a total of $5,000
LAKESIDE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS: Big Oaks Foundation photo
LAKESIDE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS: Big Oaks Foundation
Heart icon matched a total of $5,000
SOFTBALL: Anonymous Donor photo
SOFTBALL: Anonymous Donor
Heart icon matched a total of $2,500
SUSTAINABILITY: Anonymous Donor photo
SUSTAINABILITY: Anonymous Donor
Heart icon matched a total of $1,500
ACCOUNTING: Big Oaks Foundation photo
ACCOUNTING: Big Oaks Foundation
Heart icon matched a total of $1,000
BLACK STUDENT UNION: Big Oaks Foundation photo
BLACK STUDENT UNION: Big Oaks Foundation
Heart icon matched a total of $1,000

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