The season of giving kicked off with unselfishness as thousands of donors worldwide supported nonprofit efforts on the third annual #GivingTuesday. In Southern Maryland, many of the community givers doubled their impact by supporting the College of Southern Maryland student scholarships and programs, raising $25,897 during the 24-hour online event.
“We are truly humbled by the generosity and support of our faculty, staff, friends and community. There were literally thousands of charitable organizations for people to support on #GivingTuesday, and the fact that our community continues to choose CSM to make their impact is overwhelming. For that we are deeply grateful,” said CSM President Dr. Brad Gottfried.
#GivingTuesday had 1,900 nonprofits participate on Razoo, CSM’s choice of online giving platforms, raising $1,775,511 in total during the day. CSM was among the top participating nonprofit organizations with Razoo, ranking 21st, among nonprofits. Because the college had the most gifts during the last hour of the day, CSM was also recognized with the $1,000 prize by Razoo.
“We have amazing alumni, employees and a giving community who continue to choose CSM in giving and making an impact on access, affordability and achievement for our students,” said Vice President of Advancement Michelle Goodwin.
“Our goal was $30,000, and with the phenomenal support of our supporters we raised $25,897. What an investment today to transform the futures of our students tomorrow,” said CSM Foundation Chair Christine Rush.
The donations to CSM were given to support scholarships in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties as well as programs in the arts, athletics, health sciences or STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Supporting #GivingTuesday with matching scholarship funds were the Florence B. Trueman Scholarship Fund in Calvert County, the Greater Waldorf Jaycees Foundation Scholarship Fund in Charles County and the Chiaramonte Hope Scholarship Fund in St. Mary’s County. Additionally, the CSM Foundation has matched donations given toward arts, athletics, health sciences, Career Starters Scholarships and STEM.
Sponsors for the event provided power hour prizes. These included a wellness and fitness package won by Holly Wathen of Hollywood provided by the CSM Wellness, Fitness and Aquatics, and a GoPro Camera won by Timothy Johnson of Leonardtown provided by CSM College Store. Val Nyce of Mt. Victoria won a sports package featuring a golf outing by Swan Point Yacht and County Club and University of Maryland men’s lacrosse tickets by parents of a UMD Men’s Lacrosse player. A holiday dinner for four from McKay’s Food Stores was won by F. Ellsworth Geib Jr. of
Newburg. A holiday package featuring Solomons Business Association members went to Sonja Greenawalt of La Plata winning dinner at Kingfishers Seafood Bar and Grill and a hotel stay at Holiday Inn Solomons, Jill Russo-Downey of Accokeek winning a family pack to Annmarie Garden and cruise from McNelis Realty, and Dorothy Hill of Dunkirk winning a river cruise on the Wm. B. Tennison and behind-the-scenes tour with Calvert Marine Museum.
For information on #GivingTuesday, visit http://www.givingtuesday.org/.