Two Roosevelt students hold up a circular Giving Tuesday logo in front of a row of penny wars banks.

Thank you to everyone who gave online, shared their stories or played the penny wars this #GivingTuesday.

On December 3, the Roosevelt University community came together to join the global giving movement. In just over 24 hours, 151 donors gave $42,140 to the University’s Annual Funds for Student Success — more than four times the goal of $10,000. Thanks to a generous group of donors, the first $5,000 in contributions was matched dollar for dollar, doubling the impact on the Roosevelt community.

Dozens of alumni decided to give back to support the next generation of learners and leaders. Recent graduate Lauren Grimaldi was a member of the Roosevelt honors program and editor-in-chief of the Torch. On Twitter, she shared that she made a donation “so more students like me can have access to a fantastic education.”

The community’s collective generosity will power experiential learning programs, scholarships and other support services that ensure the success of Roosevelt students. One newly developed fund, the Student Emergency Fund, will help current students cover one-time, unexpected financial needs, bridging the gap and allowing them to safely continue their college education.

Students helping students

A student in a Roosevelt University sweatshirt drops change into a red penny wars container.Roosevelt’s current students used Giving Tuesday as a platform to help their own peers. The Roosevelt Food and Hygiene Pantry received $1,230 in donations from current Roosevelt students who were given the opportunity to donate the value of a meal using their University meal plans. The Pantry was created in 2017 to help current students dealing with food or housing insecurity.

During the Penny Wars competition, campus organizations and Wabash Building residential floors decorated elaborate containers. Foot-wide paper volcanoes, Christmas-themed jugs and literal “piggy banks” competed to collect the most spare change from their fellow students. The winning team will take home a pizza party for their group.

“I give because I remember being that student in college that didn’t have a lot. There were times when that small $20 would have made all the difference for me,” said Jamarr Orr, assistant provost for student affairs and dean of students. “I want to be able to support other students who may be going through things that are similar, who really just need that extra bit of help.”

We’re so grateful for your support as we approach the University’s 75th anniversary. Roosevelt was created as a place where all deserving students, regardless of background, could receive a quality education. With your help, we can continue to build our founder’s legacy of equity and inclusion. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of our students.

There’s still time to support student success. Alumni and friends can give online today to the annual fund of your choice.

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