The annual Day of Giving, with the theme of One LMU Drive of was recently held on Tuesday, March 19.
“It’s a day for Lions—old and new—to put their money where their mouth is, so to speak,” said senior political science major Alfredo Hernandez.
The 24-hour drive has been conducted yearly since 2014, according to the LMU website.
The drive was originally inspired by the nationally recognized “Giving Tuesday,” where organizations work to raise funds and donate to counteract the consumerism of events like Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
According to the One LMU website, a total of $936,052 was raised in just 24 hours. The leaderboard on the website shows which organizations on campus had received the largest number of donations and largest amount of money.
In first place, LMU Athletics had a total of 1,952 donations, resulting in $234,173 raised or funds raised. Other organizations that made it onto the leaderboard included Loyola Law School, with 334 donations and $126,780 raised; the School of Film and Television, with 120 donations and $30,450 raised and the "African American Alumni Association Scholarship" with 119 donations and $19,786 raised.
Anyone was eligible and everyone was encouraged to donate, from students to parents to alumni. This year, each donor was able to choose to which organization or part of campus they wanted to donate to. Some of the options included the William H. Hannon Library, general scholarships and Provost Initiatives.
For the Day of Giving 2019, the minimum donation amount was $10. According to the LMU website, in past years, there was “no minimum contribution amount to participate in Day of Giving ... it does not matter how much one can give.”
During the day, a booth was set up on Palm Walk hosting the event to encourage students to donate. Hernandez was one of the students on the committee working the booth.
“My favorite part was talking to people about the Day of Giving and seeing them light up when they realized that they can support the programs that had the most impact on them, directly,” Hernandez said.