Students Show Appreciation by Attending Thank a Donor Day

November 6, 2018 Macee Hall, Staff Writer

On November 6th, students participated in Thank a Donor Day to sign postcards for donors of Hardin-Simmons. 

Thank a Donor Day is an opportunity for students to get together and show their appreciation for those who have financially contributed to the university. Many of these donations go towards the general student scholarship fund, but all students have benefitted from donor support in one way or another. In the Transformation 2020 campaign alone, over 10,000 donors contributed to HSU.

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to these events to sign thank you postcards for HSU’s donors. This semester, 2,700 cards will be sent out just before Thanksgiving. Those who attended Thank a Donor Day put their names in a raffle for a chance to win gift cards from Gilbert’s, Amazon or Chick-fil-A.

Donations are crucial to smaller schools like HSU. According to The Alumni Factor, an organization which specializes in ranking universities based on research of alumni experiences, “small, private colleges dominate the Top 50 list for alumni donations.” This is primarily because many of these small schools create an environment of close-knit and spirited individuals. The Alumni Factor also states that “40 of the Top 50 schools in alumni giving have fewer than 3,000 undergraduate students, and 48 of the Top 50 schools have less than 10,000 students.” Donations are vital to the continuation and growth of HSU, the generosity of HSU’s donors helps shape the HSU experience for current and future students, alike.