Southeast Missouri State University set out with a big goal this year to raise $150,000 on SEMO Giving Day to celebrate the sesquicentennial. The Southeast community went above and beyond, helping the University raise a record amount on Giving Day 2023.
The total amount of money raised on Giving Day on March 22 was $305,892.
"Our entire network showed the Southeast "will to do" on Giving Day," said Wendell Snodgrass, vice president of University Advancement and executive director of the Southeast Missouri State University Foundation. "The amount of gifts we received throughout the day was outstanding, and this is just the start."
Over 1,000 gifts combined for the total, going to the University, departments, and funds on campus. Over 200 individuals gave to the University for the first time.
"The amount of new donors we had was one of the most exciting parts," Snodgrass said. "We hope that each time we graduate a new class, we get a new group of people who are ready to give back to the University. This year proved how involved our alumni really are."
The efforts far surpassed the previous Giving Day record of $36,000.