NSU Foundation reports huge impact from Give-N-Day

GiveNDay March 24, 2021, Northern State University, with photo of campus

ABERDEEN, S.D. – The results are in, and the outpouring of love and support that Wolves Nation showed to Northern State University on its first-ever GiveNDay is overwhelming. 

As of April 1, GiveNDay reporting showed that 1,253 donors generously gave a total of more than $193,000 during this 24-hour campaign designed to unite the entire Northern community. There were 730 alumni donors, 106 employees of the NSU system, 183 parents of current students and 49 students who supported the philanthropic effort.

The success of this history-making event was elevated by the many donors who funded more than $48,000 in prizes, challenges and matching gifts, which help maximize NSU supporters’ gifts and rally Wolves Nation.

“We are grateful for every alumni and friend who gave in support of this new Northern tradition and point of pride,” said Kelli Fritz, NSU Foundation Director of Development. “Giving Day is an example of the impact that can be made when the entire Wolves community joins together and reminds us of what makes NSU such a special place.”

Gifts came from 38 states—and from countries as far away as Belgium, Canada, United Kingdom, Italy, South Africa, the Netherlands and Oman. The campaign saw significant support for the four Giving Day causes—academic divisions and units, athletics, NSU’s greatest need and scholarships —that align with both university-wide priorities and donor affinities.

“We couldn’t be happier with the results from our first-ever GiveNDay. Uniting NSU students, faculty and staff with our loyal alumni and friends made for such an exciting day,” said Lauren Bittner, NSU Foundation Marketing and Development Coordinator. “We are already looking forward to GiveNDay 2022!”

GiveNDay fundraising totals

About Northern State University

Northern State University is a student-centered institution that provides an outstanding educational experience, preparing students through the liberal arts and professional education for their future endeavors. A regional university, Northern offers rigorous academics; diverse civic, social and cultural opportunities; and a commitment to building an inclusive environment for all points of view. Northern also offers a broad-based athletics program, sponsoring 15 NCAA Division II intercollegiate varsity sports that compete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NSIC). The university strives to enrich the community through partnerships such as its Educational Impact Campaign, which opened a new South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired; new athletic and recreation fields; and, soon, an on-campus regional sports complex. With the $55 million campaign, NSU has been the recipient of more than $120 million in privately funded building projects and scholarships within a decade. To learn more, visit NSU Admissions.