To celebrate the birthday of its patron, St. Vincent de Paul, Niagara University invited students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends to participate in a Day of Giving on Wednesday, April 24, a fundraising initiative to honor the life and spirit of St. Vincent.

The response was overwhelming: More than 1,680 individuals made a gift, totaling over $299,000, making this the most successful single-day fundraising effort to date. A special focus was given to participation, rather than the amount of the gift. As a result, 970 of these individuals were new donors.

The generosity of the Niagara University student body was unparalleled during this event. More than 200 students donated to student clubs, club sports, and Division I sports. Other areas where funds were directed included the four academic colleges and selected programs within them. Several challenge gifts that matched other donations dollar for dollar rounded out the funds raised during the Day of Giving.

“The success of Niagara’s Day of Giving is a testament to the strength and character of our students, alumni and friends, and, a wonderful tribute to St. Vincent de Paul,” said Derek Wesley, vice president for institutional advancement. “I’m proud to be a member of this community!”