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The Spirit of Giving on Display DURING WNEgives

On March 10 – 11, 2020, Western New England University hosted its fourth annual community giving event, WNEgives. Over a period of 1,919 minutes - in honor of our founding year - alumni, students, parents, friends, faculty, and staff gave a combined $260,346 in support of the University’s most urgent priorities.

Highlights include:

  • $260,346 was raised, a 27% increase over the prior year.

  • 1,124 individual donors participated, a 13% increase over the prior year.

  • Donors hailed from 443 cities in 36 states and 5 countries. They represented 61 different class years, ranging from 1961 to 2023.

  • The Class of 2020 earned the coveted Class Spirit Award - offered by Student Senate to the class with the most participants. Seniors won with 46 participants, narrowly defeating Freshmen who had 39 participants.

  • 91 different areas of the University received gifts, including teams, programs, departments, and colleges/schools. Athletics claimed the top spot on our leaderboard, raising $86,789.18 with gifts from 750 donors. 

Adding to the excitement of the two-day event, 26 donor challenges with a combined value of $88,700 were offered to inspire additional giving to a variety of programs. Dr. Jason Seacat’s Student & Employee Participation Challenge was the first to achieve success with 330 donors (221% of goal), unlocking $1,500 in support of internship experiences and student volunteerism.

WNEgives provided an opportunity for colleges/schools, departments, programs, and teams to reach a broad-base of potential donors. 107 volunteer Social Ambassadors encouraged their own networks to give back through social media posts, text messages, emails, and personal phone calls. The one-to-one outreach was key to this year’s success, engaging 129 more donors and raising $56,000 more than the prior year. Alyra Donisvitch, assistant director for alumni programs, spoke to the critical role of the volunteers, stating "Without our amazing Social Ambassador Team, our success would not have been possible. Their help spreading the word about WNEgives ensured that we were able to engage our alumni, students, staff, faculty, families, and friends in this important initiative. I cannot thank them enough!"