Tarleton’s Giving Day tops $395,000 to pay it forward for students

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

STEPEHNVILLE, Texas — The audited numbers are in, and Tarleton State University’s third Giving Day raised $395,780 to pay it forward for students. That’s impressive considering this year’s gifts exceed the 2017 total by more than $170,000.

The 24-hour event took place April 17, when alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends made tax-deductible donations and pledges to the Tarleton college, program, scholarship or activity of their choice.

Donations were collected online and at drop-off locations on the Stephenville campus as well as outreach locations in Fort Worth, Midlothian and Waco.

“Our donors make a huge difference in the lives of our students and the success of our university,” said President F. Dominic Dottavio. “We are extremely grateful for their generosity and their confidence in the quality of education we provide. Their investment continues John Tarleton’s legacy of transforming today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders.”

All total, 569 donors contributed 723 gifts to benefit 162 university and student programs.

“Without the overwhelming support of our donors, Tarleton would not be where it is today,” said Development Director Jennifer Hawthorne. “Every gift — no matter the size —will help change lives for generations to come. Thanks to everyone who made Giving Day 2018 the most successful to date.”

Giving Day 2018 drew huge social media attention, with almost quadruple the response  from last year — 32,091 “likes,” “shares,” “comments,” “tweets” or “views” compared with 8,000 for 2017.

Tarleton, founding member of The Texas A&M University System, provides a student-focused, value-driven educational experience, marked by academic innovation and a dedication to transform today’s scholars into tomorrow’s leaders. Offering degree programs in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian and online to more than 13,000 students, Tarleton engages with communities through real-world learning experiences to address societal needs while maintaining its core values of integrity, leadership, tradition, civility, excellence and service.


Jennifer Hawthorne, Development Director
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A founding member of The Texas A&M System, Tarleton State is breaking records — in enrollment, research, scholarship, athletics, philanthropy and engagement — while transforming the lives of more than 16,000 students in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Bryan and online. True to Tarleton’s values of excellence, integrity and respect, academic programs emphasize real world learning and address regional, state and national needs.