Bears Have Heart

162% of 400 Donor goal
This campaign ended on March 24, 2021, but you can still make a gift to Lenoir-Rhyne University by clicking here!


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Today is the fourth-annual #BearsHaveHeart Giving Day for Lenoir-Rhyne! We are asking all of Bear Nation to come together and give back. Your support makes a direct and immediate impact on the incredible students, faculty and programs that make our community so special.

A group of anonymous alumni has issued a challenge to Bear Nation: 400 donors for our 4th annual #BearsHaveHeart in just 24 hours. The stakes? $250,000 in unlocking challenges as we close in on our goal throughout the day! Let’s Go, Bears!

  • 100 donors unlocks $25,000
  • 200 donors unlocks another $50,000
  • 300 donors unlocks an additional $75,000
  • 400 donors unlocks an incredible final $100,000!

These generous alumni believe so strongly in the power of our community that they have issued this truly transformational set of challenges to us all. Every gift, no matter the size, helps us get one step closer to our goal! You can extend the impact of your gift to LR by choosing to give on this day and helping us complete this $250,000 challenge! 


Make a gift, challenge your friends and join the conversation online using #BearsHaveHeart and #IGive2LRU.

Go the extra mile for LR by becoming an Advocate for this campaign (click the Be an Advocate! tab above to get started). Issue your gift as a match or a challenge, and generate your own, unique link to share this campaign others directly. By becoming an Advocate, you can track your impact all day long, and even win exclusive prizes!

There’s nothing Bear Nation can’t do when we come together. We inspire each other - the more you share, the greater the impact you will have for LR students on campus today. 

Your support of what you love most about LR helps current students continue their education, make memories that last a lifetime, and become responsible leaders for service in the world—just the kind of people our communities need. Thank you for your support!

One community. One heart. One day of giving. #BearsHaveHeart.

To support a specific program, team or scholarship not listed on the giving form, simply select "Other" and write in the area you would like to support with your gift. For questions or to make a gift over the phone, please call 828-328-7321. We will be glad to help you!

The donors and dollars on this page encompass all gifts made toward the #BearsHaveHeart effort, including those processed online, on campus, via check and over the phone. Thank you for your support! 

We would also like to offer special thanks to Michael Dempsey, Neki Richardson and CJ Grant for their voiceover work with our campaign video.

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Bears Have Heart - all day, every day!

WOW! We have hit 600 donors to this year's Bears Have Heart campaign, and the gifts keep rolling in! The collective generosity of Bear Nation makes a tremendous impact for current students as they pursue their passions here at LR. 

There's still time to join us if you haven't made a gift yet! Let's go, Bears!

26 days ago by Tatum Pottenger
Hey Alumni! Become an Advocate to WIN!

Hey Alumni! Become an Advocate to WIN BIG!

The fun on campus is done for the day, but the night is still young and you can earn prizes for helping share our campaign!

By becoming an advocate, you can share the page on your social media accounts or directly with friends via your own unique link. You can track your impact as you encourage your friends to join you in supporting Bears Have Heart today!

All alumni who sign up as advocates through GiveCampus will be entered into a raffle to win this LR swag bag filled with these goodies and more!

Interested? Competitive? Try to be one of our TOP advocates!

Top advocates will win BIG...

The alum who raises the largest sum in donations from their individual advocacy efforts (tracked through our campaign here) will win 2 President's Box tickets to a fall football game!

The alum who raises the greatest number of individual donations from their individual advocacy efforts (tracked through our campaign here) will win a special LR tailgate package with a catered meal and reserved tailgate spot for a fall football game!

Sharing the page with your friends could help you become a winner today -- get started in the "Advocates" section below!

26 days ago by Tatum Pottenger
Closing in on our goal!

We had a blast on Shaw Plaza today - thanks to everyone on campus who stopped by! If you missed us, there’s still time to give online and help us meet our goal! GO BEARS! 

26 days ago by Tatum Pottenger
We're halfway there!

200 donors and $75,000 in challenge dollars claimed! Bear Nation is rising to the challenge! 

26 days ago by Tatum Pottenger
First Challenge: UNLOCKED!

We’ve met our first challenge! $25,000 for 100 donors! How fast can we make it to 200 donors to claim the next $50,000 challenge on the line? Every single donor helps us take another step toward achieving our goal, and the impact of every gift is felt here on campus today! Let’s go, Bears!

26 days ago by Tatum Pottenger

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