Giving Tuesday fundraising nets Eastern Michigan University $1.2M

YPSILANTI, MI — Eastern Michigan University raised approximately $1.2 million during its Giving Tuesday fundraising campaign, officials announced Wednesday.

More than 1,300 supporters donated to a variety of scholarships, programs and services as part of EMU’s #GIVINGTRUEDAY campaign, according to a university news release. The university surpassed last year’s donations by about $400,000, the release states.

“We are a welcoming and caring campus, and that was profoundly evident on this remarkable and record-setting day,” said EMU President James Smith. “I am proud of how our faculty, staff, alumni and supporters responded to the challenge of helping fund many scholarships, programs, student organizations, and special initiatives at Eastern. It is truly inspiring.”

The campaign included several matching gift challenges, including a one-to-one match for gifts to the EMU Student Emergency Fund up to $20,000. EMU’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors contributed $20,000 to double the matching gift challenge, the release states.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Student Emergency Fund has helped more than 500 students in need, according to the release.

About 230 donors also contributed nearly $31,000 to WEMU, the university’s National Public Radio affiliate, exceeding its goal of $20,000.

More information on EMU’s Giving Tuesday efforts can be found here.


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University offers tips for year-end planning and Giving Tuesday | UTSA Today | UTSA

University offers tips for year-end planning and Giving Tuesday

Students sign a giant thank you card for Thanks Day in 2019.

DECEMBER 1, 2020 — Many UTSA faculty, staff, alumni and friends will make their final 2020 gifts to university programs, the UTSA Alumni Association and UTSA Athletics during the last few weeks of the year, including today: Giving Tuesday.

“Nationally, giving is traditionally highest during the months of November and December,” said Karl Miller-Lugo, vice president for development and alumni relations. “For some people it’s the deadline for tax purposes, but for most, they just feel a sense of being charitable during the holidays. We are certainly grateful for the support, especially this year, as we plan for a successful 2021.”

“We are certainly grateful for the support, especially this year, as we plan for a successful 2021.”

Here are some tips to ensure that your UTSA gift is eligible for a 2020 tax receipt: 

  • By credit card: Your online credit card gift must be made before 11:59 p.m. (Central time) on December 31, 2020. You are encouraged to make your gift on the UTSA Giving website so that it can be processed immediately as staff continues to work from home.
  • By check: If you wish to make a gift by check, it must be postmarked by December 31, 2020. Send your check to The University of Texas at San Antonio, Attn: Gift Services, One UTSA Circle, San Antonio, Texas 78249.
  • By stock or securities: Transfers of stock and securities take a bit longer than traditional gifts. Requests for transfers should be submitted to UT System by the donor or broker before December 11, 2020. For more information, call Gift Services at 210-458-6818.


  • Gift planning: To learn about smarter giving opportunities, such as Donor Advised Funds, gifts of IRA assets, charitable annuities and trusts, or gifts in your will, call 210-458-7307. 

Winter hours: Gift Services will be open during the winter break from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on December 21 and 28–31. The Office of Development and Alumni Relations will be closed Tuesday, December 22 through Friday, December 25. UTSA is closed on Friday, January 1 and normal business hours will resume Monday, January 4, 2021.

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Eastern Michigan University student government matching donations for Giving Tuesday

YPSILANTI, MI — Eastern Michigan University’s student government will be contributing $20,000 and matching all donations on Dec. 1 as part of the university’s participation in Giving Tuesday.

The $20,000 donation will be going to the EMU Student Emergency Fund, which has awarded more than 500 students financial relief during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a university release. The university is encouraging students, faculty, staff and alumni to support the EMU project or fund they care about most, the release states.

“2020 has been a year of uncertainty for EMU students, faculty, and staff,” said Bill Shepard, Vice President for Advancement & Executive Director, EMU Foundation. “There are countless opportunities to support EMU programs, scholarships, organizations, and more this year, and we are hoping to build on our excitement from past giving days.”

Originally founded in 2012, Giving Tuesday was created to spark an international day of giving to kick off the holiday season, according to the release. Last year, more than 900 donors came together to raise $827,299 through a combination of collaborations, major gifts and crowdfunding, the release states.

EMU’s crowdfunding page is hosting more than a dozen individual projects that are making an impact on campus, with many focusing on immediate student needs and specific programs and colleges, the release states. Some programs are matching gifts, giving donors the chance to double their impact, according to the release.

EMU community members can use the hashtag #GIVINGTRUEDAY on social media to raise awareness, according to the university’s #GIVINGTRUEDAY website. Those interacting on social media could win prizes like EMU-branded water bottles, an Apple iPad or Airpods, according to the website.

“#GIVINGTRUEDAY allows us to all come together and make a difference as one community,” Shepard said. “Every gift, large or small, has a direct impact. We are asking all of our EMU family and friends to make a gift this year and help students more than ever before.”

Donations can be made on the #GIVINGTRUEDAY website.


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Lundin Family giving gift to University of Arizona to create interdisciplinary school of mining and mineral resources

VANCOUVER, BC, Oct. 29, 2020 /CNW/ – The Lundin Family is pleased to announce their support for an ambitious new expansion program at the school of mining and mineral resources at the University of Arizona.   The Lundin Family has made a US $2 million commitment and will provide up to an additional US $2.5 million through a grant challenge to match funds raised by December 2022.

The University of Arizona has long been recognized as having one of the top mining engineering programs in the world.  The Lundin Family gift will help the university upgrade facilities, provide financial support to students and work toward an interdisciplinary school of mining and mineral resources.

The program aims to encourage and prepare a new generation of professionals to enter the mining industry from different educational disciplines and specialties including finance, law, computer science, environment and social sciences, etc.

“We are very excited to be supporting such an important initiative alongside the University of Arizona. The drive toward a safer, more sustainable and efficient mining operation requires the very best talent across all disciplines, not just mining engineering and geology,” said Jack Lundin, President and CEO of Bluestone Resources Inc., one of the Lundin Group companies.

The Lundin Group comprises 14 publicly traded companies in the natural resource sector and operates in more than 25 countries around the world.

“While most universities’ mineral resources programs are shrinking or not keeping pace with change, the University of Arizona has demonstrated a vision and commitment to enhancing natural resources education. This gift is intended to catalyze the resources necessary and to attract industry support from our peers to make this vision of creating the best mineral resource program in the world into a reality,” Jack Lundin added. “We believe this partnership with the University of Arizona to create a new interdisciplinary school of mining and mineral resources will bring the kind of energy and excitement needed to attract the very best talent, and to prepare students to positively impact the future of mineral resources.”

Supplying the Best Possible Workforce

At the core of the expansion initiatives is an unwavering commitment to keeping the industry pipeline filled with well-rounded, highly skilled professionals. Thus, the University of Arizona’s College of Engineering, the College of Science, and the Lowell Institute are sharing the gift and working together to develop an interdisciplinary curriculum and update research and teaching facilities, such as the San Xavier Underground Mining Laboratory.

“We look forward to using this gift to become even better,” said David W. Hahn, the Craig M. Berge Dean of the College of Engineering. “The generosity of the Lundin family will allow us to upgrade our facilities, build partnerships with industry and other universities, and strengthen the department’s focus in areas such as data science and artificial intelligence.”

The Lundins are based in Canada and Switzerland, but the family maintains strong ties in Arizona and at the university. Jack earned a master’s degree in mining,

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Still, concern, confusion and disruption all lurk.

We have focused mostly on how the virus affects players, rightfully so since kids and young adults are our first priority regardless of subject or circumstance.

We shouldn’t, however, miss the older adults. We shouldn’t miss the coaches and staff members.

“As we knew more about the virus, and I think we’ve been on 17 different committees just dealing with this since March, there was growing data, and this has played out, that this doesn’t impact young men as seriously potentially,” said Todd Berry, executive director of the American Football Coaches Association. “Most of them don’t even know that they have it. That’s played out even on teams. Most have not felt sick. The testing has basically caught it.

“The group that is more vulnerable to something serious is individuals that are elderly or with preexisting conditions and so on, and that certainly includes an awful lot of our coaches.”

We’re all at risk of catching the coronavirus, but the scale of something serious happening as a result slides drastically by age.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data as of Oct. 14, 374 people in the U.S. between 15 and 24 years old had died of COVID-19-involved factors. That number jumped to 1,588 in the 25-34 demographic, 4,119 in 35-44, 10,837 in 45-54 and 25,971 in 55-64.

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