By: Chanel Stitt
On the morning of Nov. 28, students woke up to see that the University of Michigan-Dearborn received a donation of $1 million to the Engineering Lab Building on Giving Blueday.
The rest of the day was a success, bringing in several donations for the many organizations and programs on campus.
In Dearborn’s fourth year of participation in Giving Tuesday, along with the other two branches of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and Flint, a day of events was planned to raise money to support the university’s programs.
The Giving Blueday website reports that a total of $4,435,068 was raised with 8,215 donors across the three branches.
There is a match fund that allows the money made to be matched when students donate. Students could also participate in challenges to win up to $2,000 in donations for their programs, some involving social media posts.
During the day, each program arranged different events to bring people together to receive donations and offer information to the public.
The Office of Institutional Advancement held an event on Giving Blueday to celebrate the University’s 200th year with cake and gave the students the ability to vote for what programs they will support.
One of the programs on campus, Opportunity Scholars, began preparing early by raising awareness on campus about Giving Blueday for the whole month of November.
“Eight of us had posts that went out, describing what we take away from the program and why we think that it is important to donate,” said Jalen Rose, the Media and Public Relations Chair of Opportunity Scholars.
There was also an information session held by the Opportunity Scholars that allowed people to learn more about what Giving Blueday is, how to participate in it, and where donations go.
“Last year was the first year that we were required to be involved on campus, so it is a lot bigger than it was before,” said Rose. “We raised a few hundred dollars more than last year because it has grown so much.”
Student organizations, such as the Black Student Union reached out to its members to support scholarships that their degree programs offer.
Each student is impacted by donations to these programs, improving experiences within their organizations. Giving Blueday is narrowed down to students of the university, although this is a global event. Many people outside of the university had a positive experience as well.
Giving Tuesday happens every year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, with the next one being on Nov.r 27, 2018.
It is still possible to donate to any organization or building in any of the three University of Michigan branches. Find out more information at givingblueday.org.