Pitt-Johnstown’s 439 donors and their generous contributions garnered about $121,000 (unofficial) and enabled the University to gain $25,000 in bonus challenge funds in the third annual Pitt Day of Giving, February 28, 2019.
By placing second in the Pitt School Participation Challenge, Pitt-Johnstown earned $15,000 and by placing third in the Raise the Bar Challenge, landed an additional $10,000. The 439 Pitt-Johnstown donors were second only to Pitt’s School of Health & Rehabilitative Sciences in the Participation Challenge. That donor number was far greater than last year’s 120, which established the criteria for the Raise the Bar Challenge.
“Thank you all for making Pitt Day of Giving a success for Pitt-Johnstown and for helping us bring additional challenge funds to our students,” said Alumni Relations & Annual Giving Coordinator Kristin Sewak. “You have demonstrated your care for our campus and have proven that Pitt-Johnstown is a very special place. It was a pleasure working with you to accomplish our success.”
Pitt Day of Giving’s goal is to decrease future student loan debt through increased giving toward scholarships. The 2019 Day of Giving garnered more than $4.2 million from more than 6,000 donor gifts.
Pitt Day of Giving annually coincides with Pitt Founders Day. This is the University of Pittsburgh’s 232nd anniversary.
Pitt-Johnstown donors could choose to direct their funds toward several categories, including: Area of Greatest Need; the GO UPJ (Give Opportunity @ UPJ) Fund; Student Life Activities, Athletics; the Sgt. Baserman Memorial Scholarship; the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center; the Veteran’s Recognition Fund; REACHland Connect; or the Log Cabin Renovation Fund.