’Cats Go Wild for #AllinforDavidson, Raise $1.2 Million in a Day

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For 24 hours, Davidson ’Cats were asked to Go Wild in support of the college, and they showed up in person, across social media and around the world. This year marked the 11th #AllinforDavidson challenge, which raised $1,203,727 from 2,922 donors. 

Wildcats share why they're all in for Davidson, today and every day!

“On this day, we encourage all Wildcats to support what they care about most and to share that passion far and wide," said Morgan Bell Kee ’12, director of annual giving. “Our annual giving program consistently ranks in the top five nationally in terms of alumni giving participation, and this challenge is one more opportunity for our broader community to share why they go all in for Davidson, each and every day.”  

This year, Davidson received gifts from 49 states and nine countries. The classes of 1991 and 1989 had the highest participation.

With $500,000 in challenge money on the line and an initial goal of 2,000 donors, social media lit up with stories, photos and calls to action. On campus, students, faculty and staff enjoyed live entertainment, snacks, slushies and gourmet coffee, trivia games and an opportunity to “pie” campus celebrities as a reward for making a gift. Students were also offered rides in “Cash Cabs,” where they were given a shortcut to class while being educated on the importance of philanthropy.

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Chris Clune and other pie throwing participant under balloon arch during All In For Davidson 2024
All In For Davidson 2024 student and staff Pie Throwing activity
All In for Davidson 2024 students Pie Throwing
All In For Davidson Chris Clunie arms stretched out about to be pie'ed
All In For Davidson Chris Clunie hugging student after being pie'ed

The campaign hit the 2,000 donor goal at approximately 5 p.m., and the numbers continued to climb. In the midst of the day’s excitement, one anonymous donor from the Class of 1979, celebrating their reunion this June, notified the college of a $1.9 million bequest. An incredible bonus to the day!

The Fund for Davidson funds every area of campus including scholarships, athletic programs, the arts, health & well-being, diversity & inclusion initiatives, student research and internships.

“Every person who contributes during #AllinforDavidson helps make Davidson’s educational excellence possible and accessible,” said Matt Cherep ’07 and Katie Lautensack Cherep ’08, National Fund for Davidson Chairs. “We’re always proud to be Davidson grads, but on days like this, we are reminded of the strength of this incredible community. Thank you for going wild for Davidson!”

The #AllinforDavidson challenge first launched in June 2014. Including yesterday's total, more than $11 million has been raised in new gifts and challenge dollars through this annual, one-day event.

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Student laughing during Pie throwing contest for All in for Davidson 2024
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a sign that reads "All In for Davidson"
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