Freed-Hardeman University’s second annual Day of Giving Nov. 5, 2020, resulted in gifts totaling almost $400,000. Spurred by challenges from two anonymous donors, 1,286 alumni and friends of the university made contributions to 51 projects, ranging from scholarships to equipment for the campus radio station. Requests came from the Associates, social clubs, the library, Mid-South Youth Camp, athletic teams and others.
The emphasis of the day was on the number of donors participating. To meet the original donor challenge, 750 individuals were needed to make gifts. That goal was met by 3 p.m., resulting in a $150,000 gift from the anonymous donor. A second challenge issued for an additional 250 donors was also surpassed and a second anonymous donor added $50,000 to the total.
Contributions came from 34 states and five countries. Five southern states had the most donors: Tennessee, 725; Alabama, 116; Kentucky, 80; Mississippi, 40; and Florida, 28.
Alumni from the class of 2020 led the way in number of donors, but an alumna from 1940 was the oldest donor. Bertha Nichols Blackwood of Jasper, Alabama, celebrated her 100th birthday in October. Sadly, she died Nov. 28, 2020, ending a lifetime of giving to her family and friends.
“It was a wonderful day to bring the Freed-Hardeman family together,” FHU President David R. Shannon said. He thanked those who organized the event, the challenge donors, and all those who prayed for and participated in the Day of Giving. “Most of all, I thank God. We truly know that all good gifts come from Him,” he said.