Day of Giving 2021

419
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209% of 200 Donor goal
$88,337
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This campaign ended on March 25, 2021, but you can still make a gift to Shepherd University by clicking here!
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An Anonymous DonorEric Zahniser matched $500
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Cindy Vance  photoCindy Vance gave $100

An Anonymous DonorSally Brasher gave $100

Christine Meyer photoChristine Meyer gave $250

Christi Mayer photoChristi Mayer gave $250

An Anonymous DonorMark Remington gave $500

An Anonymous DonorShepherd Alumni Association gave $500

An Anonymous DonorShepherd's Board of Governors and Shepherd Foundation's Board of Directors gave $1,000

An Anonymous DonorAnonymous Library Supporters gave $1,000

An Anonymous DonorRamon '62 & Mary Alvarez gave $1,000

An Anonymous DonorShepherd's Board of Governors and Shepherd Foundation's Board of Directors gave $2,500

An Anonymous DonorShepherd's Board of Governors and Shepherd Foundation's Board of Directors gave $3,500

An Anonymous DonorAnonymous Donor gave $5,000

An Anonymous DonorShepherd's Board of Governors and Shepherd Foundation's Board of Directors gave $5,000
About

LEAVE YOUR MARK! 

Join us for Shepherd University’s second annual Day of Giving on Thursday, March 25, 2021.  Our Ram family asks alumni, parents, friends, faculty, and staff to give back to Shepherd over a 24-hour period, with the goal of “unlocking” a series of challenges. 

Gifts made during this Day of Giving support everything that makes Shepherd unique: from the Shepherd Fund, which provides vital financial support for virtually every aspect of the Shepherd University experience, to helping a specific department and organization close to your heart. 

As we reach milestones throughout the day, the school will unlock a series of gifts from dedicated alumni and community Challenge Gift Donors. For example, when we reach 50 donors, the first $1,000 Challenge Gift is unlocked, and it grows from there: 

  • 100 donors = $2,500 is unlocked 
  • 150 donors = $3,500 is unlocked 
  • 200 donors = $5,000 is unlocked 

And there are a few other challenges on tap: 

  • Be one of 25 new Shepherd alumni donors between noon and 5 pm on March 25th and help unlock $500 for The Shepherd Fund. 
  • Put your club or organization at the top of the GiveCampus leaderboard and earn a prize.  The group with the most gifts will earn $250, and numbers 2, 3, and 4 will earn $100 each. All thanks to an anonymous donor.  

See how every gift counts — no matter the size!  All will help us reach the overall one-day goal of 200 gifts! 

Will you join us? Can you be one of the 200?  Even better, amplify the message and share this campaign on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. Remember to #RamsGive21 on March 25. 

Become an Advocate

Want to increase your “mark” on Shepherd? Follow these four simple steps and become a #RamsGive21 Advocate through GiveCampus. This social fundraising platform allows you to create a profile and track your impact through the course of the campaign. 

Here’s how: 

  1. Go to the "Advocates" tab at the of this page.
  2. Create an account either by linking to your Facebook account or your email. Already an advocate? No need to create a new account; just sign on from last year. 
  3. Once you’ve logged in, go to the Day of Giving 2021 campaign page and use the GiveCampus buttons to share the campaign link in a tweet, text, or email. 
  4. Come back to GiveCampus throughout the day to see how your friends, family, and others are responding to your messages. You’ll be able to view the number of clicks on your posts, the number of donors and the overall dollars generated from your messages. 


Boost Your Advocacy: Create a Matching Gift or Gift Challenge 

Motivate your friends and family to give to a program at Shepherd you feel passionate about.  

Here’s how: 

  1. Go to the Day of Giving 2021 campaign page and click on the ‘offer a matching gift’ or ‘offer a challenge’ button on the left side of the screen below the campaign video.  
  2. Matching gifts are made on a per donor or per dollar basis. For example, tell everyone you will match up to $50 on a dollar-for-dollar basis for the next $50 that is donated to XYZ program.  
  3. Gift challenges are milestone-based; if 25 people make a donation, you will give $50 to XYZ program. 
  4. Pro Tip: Keep your matches and challenges simple and attainable! 
  5. This is where the boost comes in. Share these matches or challenges with your friends and family. This helps us unlock the overall challenges, while also helping the program you want to support. 

Updates


Shepherd University's Day of Giving 2021 was a huge success, thanks to almost 400 donors who came together to "Leave Their Mark" and show support for everything that makes Shepherd unique.

We are still receiving mailed-in donations, so watch for final results next week.  As it stands this morning, we are at 395 donors and gifts totaling nearly $80,000.  This is a 30 percent increase over last year.

Go Rams! 

182 days ago by Christine Meyer
Leave Your Mark: Last Chance!

Thank you Ram Family for your incredible participation during our second annual Day of Giving! We have one hour left in our campaign for you to leave your mark. 

We are 9 new donors away from reaching 400 donors. Let’s end this strong and reach the final milestone! #RamsGive21 

Remember, no matter the size of the gift the impact is huge! 

183 days ago by Hannah Brumbaugh
350 Donor Challenge Completed!

Thank you Ram Family for donating and helping us reach our 350 donor challenge. We have unlocked the $5,000.00 donation from our anonymous donor and we are so grateful for the continuing support! 

Day of Giving isn’t over yet though! We still have one active challenge for the History Department! Help us unlock our last challenges and finish out our Day of Giving strong!

183 days ago by Christine Meyer
10 Donors Away!

183 days ago by Christine Meyer
Alumni Challenge Complete: $500 Gift Unlocked

Thank you to the Shepherd University alumni who donated between Noon and 5p.m. to unlock the $500 gift to the Shepherd Fund! #RamsGive21

183 days ago by Hannah Brumbaugh
Challenge Update: The Library General Fund

If you want to be one of the last two donors needed to meet this challenge, choose Library General Fund in the dropdown menu.

“Leave Your Mark" by helping the Library unlock this $1,000 gift!


183 days ago by Christine Meyer
New Challenge Update: Shepherd Alumni Association Gift

183 days ago by Christine Meyer
Classified Employees Children’s Scholarship Fund Spotlight

The Classified Employees Children’s Scholarship Fund awards monetary grants to children of full-time Classified Shepherd Employees. These scholarships help employee’s children pursue a Shepherd University education. 

Learn more about recent Scholarship Fund recipients here.

If you want to support this effort, choose Classified Employees Children’s Scholarship Fund in the drop-down menu. 

183 days ago by Christine Meyer
School of Education Spotlight

During this unprecedented time in contemporary history, the world needs great teachers. 

The faculty and staff at Shepherd’s School of Education embrace new paradigms of thought and future technological trends. The goal is to lead to instructional designs that are innovative, creative, and highways for new avenues of critical thought. 


Thanks Dr. Jennifer Penland and Stephen McPherson for the Day of Giving shout-out! 


If you want to support these efforts, choose
School of Education in the drop-down menu. 

183 days ago by Christine Meyer
Athletics Spotlight

Dear Ram Nation,  

The funding generated through our annual "Day of Giving" campaign is paramount to enhancing the Shepherd University Athletic Club’s constant mission of supporting all our men’s and women’s athletic programs.  

Although this past year has been tough for our communities, both on and off campus, now is when the support and participation of Ram Nation is needed most. Spring competition has begun, and athletic events are now taking place across the conference, signaling a return of some normalcy to our campus. With that positivity and excitement comes a renewed desire from each and every one of our athletic programs to achieve the successes and goals that they have long set out to achieve. While many of those goals are achieved through on-field wins or excellence in the classroom, some of them require the assistance of Ram Nation to secure a positive result.  We know that, with your backing, anything is possible.  

Today is an exciting day for our campus and for our student-athletes, and last year’s achievement showed us that Ram Nation is set and ready to leave their mark on this campus. With your help and participation, I know this year’s campaign will be even more successful than last year. Thank you for enriching the lives of our student-athletes, coaches, and staff members through your involvement on this important day.  

Go Rams!

Chauncey Winbush

Vice President for Athletics

183 days ago by Andy Ferguson
Department of History Spotlight

Shepherd’s location on the banks of the Potomac and in the lower Shenandoah Valley provides a setting especially conducive to historical study. Shepherd’s Department of History and the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War let us study the past to understand the present. 

Thanks Dr. Sally Brasher for the Day of Giving shout-out! 

If you want to support these efforts, choose Department of History or the George Tyler Moore Center in the drop-down menu. 

183 days ago by Christine Meyer

Today, all Rams come together with one goal in sight: reaching 200 gifts before midnight. 

Consider making a gift today to support the programs that are special to you. 

Amplify the message! When you see Shepherd social media posts, share them with your network.  If you post about Day of Giving, use the hashtags #ShepherdDayofGiving or #RamsGive21.   

We are well on our way to the 200 donor goal. With your help, we can get there … and beyond! 

Go Rams! 

183 days ago by Christine Meyer
Leave Your Mark on March 25!!

184 days ago by Hannah Brumbaugh
New Challenge: $2,500 when we reach another 50 donors!

186 days ago by Christine Meyer
New Challenge Update: Help the Library General Fund

During Shepherd University’s Day of Giving, you have a chance to make a difference for the Scarborough Library.  Ten gifts to the Library General Fund will unlock $1,000 in anonymous gifts. 

If the Scarborough Library plays a part in your Shepherd experience, pick Library General Fund in the drop down menu and donate today. You can make a difference, no matter the size of your gift.

Will you be one of the 10 donors?

186 days ago by Christine Meyer
New Challenge Update: Support Shepherd’s Last Dollar Fund

Ray Alvarez ’62 remembers his freshman year at Shepherd. His family was dealing with his mother's terminal illness and the resulting mounting debt. The money wasn’t there for his tuition and he was contemplating leaving school to seek full-time employment to support his family.

He explained his circumstances to his faculty advisor, and that was a meeting that changed his life.  Ray was able to secure an Alumni Association gift that enabled him to complete the tuition payments and stay in school.  


Jump forward to 2017 when Shepherd, with Ray’s guidance, created the Last Dollar Fund. This is a way to help undergraduate students who are in good academic standing but experiencing financial challenges get help to clear their semester bill. 


Ray and Mary Alvarez continue to “pay it forward” to help students who are in similar circumstances today. They are challenging others to donate to the Last Dollar Fund, and will match the first $1,000 in donations with a $1,000 gift.  

Will you join them to help these students?


190 days ago by Christine Meyer
The J.C. Fund

Do you love J.C. as much as we do? Are you looking for a fund to donate to on Day of Giving? Consider donating to J.C.'s fund! Monies donated to the J.C. Fund go in support of his care. 

Give back to the Ram who gives his all for us! #RamsGive21 

190 days ago by Hannah Brumbaugh
Become a Student Advocate!

Become a student advocate! Put your club or organization at the top of the GiveCampus leaderboard and earn a prize. The group with the most gifts will earn $250, and numbers 2, 3, and 4 will earn $100 each. All thanks to an anonymous donor. .

Want to increase your “mark” on Shepherd? Follow these four simple steps and become a #RamsGive21 Advocate through GiveCampus. This social fundraising platform allows you to create a profile and track your impact through the course of the campaign.
Here’s how:
-Go to the "Advocates" tab at the top of the GiveCampus page.

-Create an account either by linking to your Facebook account or your email. Already an advocate? No need to create a new account; just sign on from last year.

 -Once you’ve logged in, go to the Day of Giving 2021 campaign page and use the GiveCampus buttons to share the campaign link in a tweet, text, or email. 

-Come back to GiveCampus throughout the day to see how your friends, family, and others are responding to your messages. You’ll be able to view the number of clicks on your posts, the number of donors and the overall dollars generated from your messages.

191 days ago by Hannah Brumbaugh

193 days ago by Hannah Brumbaugh
Are You Ready to "Leave Your Mark?"

Be one of the initial 50 donors to unlock our first Day of Giving challenge! Which in turn means $1,000 for The Shepherd Fund! You can make a gift to support the programs, scholarships, and experiences that make Shepherd so special. 

Go Rams!


206 days ago by Christine Meyer

"Leave Your Mark" Leaderboard
Departments, Programs & Organizations Receiving SupportDonors$ Raised
Athletics - SUAC63$11,168
Accounting Club22$1,410
Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society21$1,009
Library General Fund17$1,880
Last Dollar Fund16$3,538
Department of History16$1,320
Sigma Sigma Sigma14$525
Alumni Association13$838
George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War11$886
Program Board11$1,328
Lifelong Learning10$1,213
Classified Employees Children's Scholarship Fund10$700
Robert C. Byrd Center for ​Congressional History and Education10$3,250
Ram Ambassador Fund9$1,100
Black Student Union9$500
Accounting: Roger Hamood Student Endowment9$1,450
School of Music7$463
Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity6$775
J.C. Fund6$475
Shepherd Success Academy6$700
School of Education5$925
School of Nursing4$825
School of Recreation, Sport and Exercise Science4$175
Department of Contemporary Art and Theater4$185
Business Administration4$358
Department of Social Work4$285
College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics3$1,050
Biology3$227
Delta Sigma Pi3$310
Contemporary Art and Theater: Dow Benedict Endowment for Art and Theatre Scholarship3$214
Delta Zeta3$75
Alpha Phi Omega3$90
McMurran Scholars Association3$550
Scarborough Society2$150
Department of Business Administration2$275
TRiO2$150
Department of English and Modern Languages2$135
Accounting: Jerry & Carol Kerr Faculty Excellence Fund2$200
Department of Communication1$50
R.A.M. Initiative1$20
Rotaract1$100
Student Veteran's Organization1$100
Chemistry1$200
Common Reading1$200
Center for Teaching and Learning1$250
Department of Sociology, Criminology, and Criminal Justice1$200
School of Graduate and Professional Studies1$300
Department of Economics and Finance1$500
Master of Business Administration1$100
Disability Advocacy Group1$15
Alpha Sigma Tau1$25
Appalachian Studies and Communities1$100
Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity0$0
Rick Wachtel Scholarship Fund 0$0
Political Science, Global Studies and Geography0$0
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia0$0
Phi Kappa Tau0$0
Kappa Kappa Psi0$0
Department of Psychology0$0
Department of Political Science, Global Studies and Geography0$0
Computer Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering0$0
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