Southeastern Giving Day merges with Homecoming Week for increased impact
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
by: Tonya Lowentritt
HAMMOND – For the first time, Southeastern Louisiana University alumni and supporters
will have the opportunity to give back to the university and make an impact during
Homecoming, whether or not they are able to attend the festivities. The Southeastern
Foundation is moving its annual Giving Day this year to Wednesday, Oct. 9, to coincide
with Homecoming Week.
Previously titled All in For Southeastern: A Day of Giving and held annually in the spring, the fundraising event is now in its fifth year and has garnered over $400,000 for Southeastern and Southeastern students since its inception.
“Giving Day is a 24-hour giving campaign that provides essential funding to all areas across the university and inspires Southeastern supporters to come together and show their Lion Pride,” said Southeastern Foundation Development Coordinator Ashlin Nicosia.
Nicosia said after last year’s event, in which an increased number of first-time donors participated over previous years, Southeastern Foundation staff members met to evaluate the current program and determine the best way to continue elevating engagement and support for the university.
“Since Homecoming Week and Giving Day both seek to bring together all members of the Southeastern community, from current students and alums to the local community and region, out of a shared love for Southeastern and the impact that it has, the move seemed opportune,” she explained. “Its addition to Homecoming Week also provides a way for supporters, both those in town for the festivities and those far away, to give back to their university as part of the Homecoming celebrations.”
Donations can be made to a general support fund or specific campaigns led by Southeastern departments and organizations. Supporters are encouraged to designate their gifts to any area on campus about which they feel most passionate, Nicosia said. For those with no specific department or organization in mind, donations can be designated to the “area of greatest need,” where gifts will be used across campus as needs arise.
For more information, or to make a donation on Oct. 9, visit SoutheasternGivingDay.org.