Scripps College Community Shows Up for Scripps Access Initiative During Day of Giving 2024

Day of Giving 2024 Thank You

By Kendra Pintor

Every year, Scripps College hosts the annual Day of Giving fundraiser, and every year, the generosity of the Scripps community grows by leaps and bounds. On March 20, 2024, a total of 418 donors raised $216,826 in cash gifts to support what they love about Scripps. More than $55,000 was given to the Scripps Access Initiative (SAI), which will fund new scholarships to enroll more Pell grant-eligible students and those with undocumented status at Scripps College. You can view all Day of Giving results via the GiveCampus Platform.

The day was marked by a turnout of donors who created and fulfilled generous matching challenges, with gifts ranging from $10 to $15,000, helping surpass this year’s goal of 400 donors. Notably, parents’ contributions increased this year, demonstrating support for their students and future Scripps students.

This year, student and faculty partnerships helped increase impact. Students, faculty, and staff contributed meaningfully to the event, mobilized by a Day of Giving committee of 17 staff members representing 12 departments, faculty representative Associate Professor of Dance Kevin Williamson, and Scripps Associated Students President Lily Dunkin ’24, representing students.

“Thank you to everyone who supports Scripps College and especially those who have continued to support the dance department,” said Williamson. “Gifts are what sustain summer scholarships and internships as well as interdisciplinary arts programs.”

Additionally, Denison Library and the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery announced matching challenges. A $2,000 matching challenge for the gallery was exceeded by more than $11,000 to the Mary Davis MacNaughton Endowment, and Denison Library’s donors more than tripled a match of $2,500.

Current-use gifts from Day of Giving are made available for immediate use to support critical programs and resources on campus, including scholarships, racial justice and equity, and campus enhancements and preservation—which, alongside SAI, are some of the more popular giving areas. Together, these gifts not only sustain core operations, but they also form a reserve of readily available funds to respond to emergencies and to create new initiatives based on student needs.

“We are encouraged and humbled by the overwhelming generosity of our alums, parents, staff and faculty, students, and friends of Scripps College, who made Day of Giving 2024 one of our most successful campaigns to date,” said Karina Chappell, director of leadership annual giving and The Scripps Fund. “Thank you for your continued commitment to the things you love about Scripps and supporting our students.”

Thank you for supporting Scripps College on Day of Giving 2024! If you didn’t have a chance to make a gift and would like to donate, please click here.