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December 14, 2018

Giving Tuesday Inspires Record Contributions to Tepper

This year’s #givingCMUday inspired a record 804 individuals to contribute more than $260,000 to the Tepper School of Business on November 27, 2018. “A strong community of alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents, and friends of the Tepper School came together this year to create the largest day of giving in the history of the school,” said Jonathan Stern, Associate Dean of Advancement at the Tepper School. “I am tremendously grateful to each and every donor for their commitment to our future." 

Carnegie Mellon University has observed #givingCMUday annually since 2014 in conjunction with Giving Tuesday, a U.S. tradition recognized on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving as a day for charitable giving during the holiday season. The university received a total $740,458 in donations this year.

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As a part of the #givingCMUday campaign, the greater university community participated in challenges for giving and on social media. One such challenge was set by an anonymous business school alumnus, who pledged $25,000 if at least 750 individuals contributed to the Tepper School on November 27. “We are incredibly thankful to the generous alumnus who helped inspire such an enormous collective effort from the Tepper School community” said Jake Strang, Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Engagement.

The Class Gift campaign for the MBA Class of 2019 kicked off on Giving Tuesday. Each year, the graduating class contributes toward a project that benefits MBA students and the Tepper School. This year, students volunteered in the MBA commons, encouraged their classmates to give, and hosted a class kickoff party to celebrate the start of their legacy at the Tepper School. More than 170 students, faculty and staff came by the table to make their gift in person and contribute to the success of the day. To date, more than 52 percent of graduating full-time MBA students have contributed to the campaign. On #givingCMUday, all student gifts were generously matched 1:1 by the Office of the President which increased the impact of the graduating class and their contributions to their class gift.