The Gettysburgives Challenge will return for its fourth year — beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday Feb. 27 and ending at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28 — as a way to raise money online for the Gettysburg Fund. This fund is set aside for when the school evaluates areas of greatest need, like keeping technology up-to-date, renovation of buildings (like CUB), scholarships for students, etc. A total of $1.08 million was raised last year.
The challenge goal is set at 2760 total donors making gifts — an increase from last year’s 2,558 donors — and if this goal is achieved in the 36 hours, then generous alums, parents and friends of the college (Challenge sponsors) will match an additional $1 million in added gift money. This is an increase from last year’s match total of around $400,000.
“This challenge is the biggest that it has ever been, and the match money at stake is more than double what it was last year,” said Brandon Davis, Assistant Director of Annual Giving. “This goes to show how invested the alumni are in the school — and seeing it move forward. They are giving all this money to help the students, and the fact that they are willing to match this much is a testament to their belief in the school and where it’s going.”
This is the first time that all current undergraduate classes are involved in the challenge as opposed to only seniors like in past years. The class, who raises the most, will have their class flag flown above the Cupola.
On the 36 hour path towards the 2760 total donors, every 150th donor will unlock a $50,000 gift from the Challenge sponsors. There will also be CUB tables and a Servo table set up on Feb. 27 and Feb. 28 from 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Donors can designate their gifts towards a particular aspect of Gettysburg College. One example is the new virtual dissection tables, which will arrive this summer. These 3D interactive tables are thanks to generous gifts from Gettysburg alumni Ray Truex Jr. ’63, P’94 and Gail Seygal ’67. They chose to donate their money towards the Health Science Department.
As apart of the Student & Family Challenge, the class, who raises the most amount of money over the challenge period, will have their class flag flown above the Cupola from March 1-9 and unlock an additional $25,000 of gift money. Students, parents and grandparents count towards the class donor total.
The sports teams have their own challenge as well. The Bullets Teams Challenge will award the two teams that draw in the highest percentage of donors from a team’s student and alumni. $2,500 is designated money for the two teams, respectively, who raise the most. #bulletsgive2018
The Reunion Class Challenge is race between the 2018 Reunion Classes (’63, ’68, ’73, ’78, ’83, ’88, ’93, ’98, ’03, ’08, ’13) to see which alumni base can raise the most. The winning class will have their class flag flown above the Cupola from March 1-9 and unlock an additional $25,000 of gift money.
The fourth challenge is the Sustaining Gift Challenge deemed as “convenient, customizable and environmentally friendly.”