Global day of giving back kicks off month-long “Give the Gift of Education” effort.
The George Washington University will again participate in #GivingTuesday, the international day of giving for nonprofit organizations.
This marks GW’s third consecutive year of participation in the event, which is observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
This year, #GivingTuesday also will kick off the university’s month-long “Give the Gift of Education” effort, which emphasizes the powerful impact that philanthropy has on GW students. Support from alumni, parents, faculty, staff, corporations, foundations and friends allows GW to provide scholarships to qualified students who could not otherwise afford to pursue their education at GW.
“There was a time when I thought a college education was not in my future,” said Nada Kamona, a sophomore in the School of Engineering and Applied Science and a recipient of the Dirk S. Brady Scholarship. “The cost was simply too much for my family. But today I am a Colonial because of the generous scholarship support I receive."
Past gifts made on #GivingTuesday have supported student aid, specific colleges and schools, athletics, student life and the GW libraries.
“When you give to GW, you give the gift of education,” said Aristide Collins, vice president for Development and Alumni Relations and secretary of the university. “Wherever you choose to direct your support, you create opportunities for GW students and faculty to make history.”
Launched in 2012 by the United Nations Foundation and 92Y, #GivingTuesday mobilizes communities to support nonprofit organizations and charities worldwide. GW’s part icipation last year highlighted and raised awareness of the university’s service efforts in communities around the world.