Spalding University experiences big increase in annual Giving Day contributions

Steve Jones

Spalding University easily exceeded its fundraising goal for its second annual Giving Day on Thursday while more than doubling the amount of contributions it received for the event last year. The Giving Day focuses on encouraging donations to Spalding from within the university’s own community of faculty, staff, alumni, students and friends of the university.

Spalding raised $17,465 over 24 hours, surpassing the goal of $10,000 by mid-afternoon. On the 2016 Giving Day, Spalding raised about $8,000.

“This year’s Spalding Giving Day was a huge success,” Spalding Chief Advancement Officer Bert Griffin said. “It’s a testament to the pride our faculty, staff, students and alumni have in our university and its mission to be a diverse, compassionate, dynamic educational community. This money will help support students and keep Spalding moving forward.”

Giving Day is part of Spalding’s faculty and staff fundraising campaign. In 2016, 85 percent of Spalding’s faculty and staff donated back to the university. More information on contributing to Spalding is available online at