Southeastern Giving Day returns to support students and the university

Friday, October 16, 2020 Giving Day
by: Tonya Lowentritt 

     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s annual Giving Day will be held this year on Oct. 21, providing university supporters with a way to help students and Southeastern in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
     “During this unprecedented time, it’s more important than ever that we all pull together to ensure the continued success of our students and our university. Every donation, no matter how small, will help make a difference,” said Southeastern Foundation Director of Development Vanessa Prentice.
     This year marks the sixth annual university-wide fundraising event and the second Giving Day held during Homecoming Week, which will primarily feature virtual activities this year to ensure the health and safety of the campus community. Giving Day, organized by the Southeastern Foundation, likewise takes place online, at, with giving open during the full 24-hour day.
     Previous years’ events have garnered over $500,000 combined for Southeastern and Southeastern students. Last year’s Giving Day received the most participation to date, with the number of supporters totaling 767, a 240 percent increase from 2018, and raised $104,057.
     “A major reason for last year’s success was the development of individual campaigns and initiatives within the overall Giving Day fundraising drive,” said Prentice. “This allows members of our Southeastern community, from current students and alums to faculty/staff and people across the region, to invest in any area on campus about which they feel most passionate. Supporters may also designate a gift to the ‘area of greatest need,’ which allows funds to be used across campus as needs arise. Once again, we are excited to provide these campaigns and initiatives so that everyone can give back in the manner of their choosing. Whether it be a department, an organization, student scholarships, or anything else, you can pick where your money goes and make a direct impact during this critical time.”
     For more information, or to make a donation on Oct. 21, visit

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