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On November 29, friends of Oakwood University demonstrated the spirit of giving and generosity by participating in  #GivingTuesday, is a global day of giving that kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.
Yesterday, Oakwood alumni, students, employees and supporters around the world overwhelmingly helped Oakwood exceed its $25,000 goal for the day. Kisha Norris, M.Ed., CFRE, executive director of advancement and development, happily reported that #OakwoodGivingTuesday 2016 brought in a total of $26,589.
Donors were able to go online and choose which fund they wanted to support. Some of the funds included:
  • Annual Fund
  • Capital Campaigns
  • UNCF North Alabama
  • Endowments and Scholarships
  • Student Philanthropy
  • 4HIM
  • Miss UNCF
  • WJOU 90.1 FM
Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Oakwood University is now one of 30,000 companies, non-profits, businesses, and universities involved in this selfless event.
Oakwood joined the Giving Tuesday program to not only get support for student scholarships, but also to instill a lifelong mindset of giving into current students. “We’re hoping that we can build in the minds of students to give back,” shared Lewis Jones, assistant director of development.