Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia Office of Donor Relations and Stewardship in partnership with the UGA Student Alumni Council is hosting the third annual Thank a Donor Day on April 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Tate Student Center Plaza. The event is free and open to the UGA community. All UGA schools, departments and units are encouraged to participate.
Students will have the opportunity to say thank you to UGA donors by writing personalized thank you notes, signing a large thank you card and creating video and photo messages of gratitude. The multimedia messages will be shared with donors through a video of highlights from the event. UGA campus student celebrities will be part of the event with appearances by “Big Man on Campus” Rance Nix, Miss UGA Adeline Kenerly, the UGA Ballroom Performance Group, Hairy Dawg and more.
“UGA’s first donation was 633 acres of land from John Milledge that later became the site of our great university,” said Tony Stringer, director of UGA’s Donor Relations and Stewardship. “More than 200 years later, UGA donors continue to support our growing campus, allowing our students to thrive. Saying ‘thanks’ validates the importance of these gifts,” he said.
Last year, students from UGA schools and colleges on campus created more than 500 thank you notes and hundreds of video messages and photographs. Hundreds of students also signed the large thank you card. More than 200,000 current UGA alumni and donors received a video capturing the images and messages of gratitude from the day.
The purpose of Thank a Donor Day is to educate the UGA community about the importance of private giving as well as give students the opportunity to thank donors for their generosity and encourage a culture of philanthropy at UGA.
The UGA Office of Donor Relations and Stewardship sustains and nurtures lifelong relationships with UGA donors through meaningful and consistent contact, which is accomplished through timely and appropriate gift acknowledgement, fund reporting, donor recognition, donor appreciation activities and events, and stewardship activities.