Cindy del Rosario-Tapan
Executive Director of Communications and Media Relations
Columbia College topped the leaderboard charts for the third annual Columbia Giving Day, a 24-hour University-wide event in which the goal is to support and increase awareness of annual funds across all schools. This year’s event took place on October 29 and more than 1,200 College-related donors — comprising alumni, parents, students, staff and friends — contributed a record-breaking total of $3.09 million, a passionate show of support to continuing to build the best undergraduate experience for our students.
For the third consecutive year, the College took first place and set giving records. In addition, Columbia College Young Alumni won the 6–8 p.m. Hourly Prize Challenge, earning an additional $7,000. The College also ranked fifth in the Advocates Prize Challenge, earning an additional $1,000, and third in the Alumni Participation Challenge, earning a $15,000 participation bonus. The Athletics program came in second place, with a dominant number of their donations also coming from College alumni.
By encouraging friendly competition among schools and programs and cultivating a sense of unity for a common cause, Columbia Giving Day once again showcased Columbians’ sense of community: Donations totaled nearly $11.07 million across all schools.