Southeastern Giving Day moves due to Hurricane Ida


Tuesday, September 28, 2021
by: Tonya Lowentritt Southeastern Giving Day

     HAMMOND – As a result of the impacts from Hurricane Ida, Southeastern Louisiana University’s annual Giving Day, originally scheduled Sept. 14, has been moved to Oct. 5.      Southeastern Foundation Director of Development Vanessa Prentice said Giving Day will provide university supporters with over 70 different projects and programs to help students, as well as the university.
     “On Aug. 29 and 30, Hurricane Ida left its mark on campus and the surrounding region. During this unprecedented time, it is 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,” she said.
     Organized by the Southeastern Foundation, this year’s Giving Day marks the seventh annual university-wide fundraising event. Friends of the university can make donations during a 24-hour period at
     “We hope that you will join us for this year’s Southeastern Giving Day. Many students are facing great hardships resulting from Hurricane Ida, and your support of any amount will go a long way toward helping them and the university get through this difficult time,” Prentice said. “Our thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery are with those continuing to work through the aftermath of the storm.”
     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 more than 1,000, a 33 percent increase from last year, and raised $163,407, about a 60 percent increase over 2019.
     “A major reason for last year’s success was the development of individual campaigns and initiatives within the overall Giving Day fundraising drive. 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,” Prentice explained. “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. 5, visit

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