The four hourlong challenges, held for the first time, “injected fresh energy” into the event, Matheny said. “It was a joy to watch donors pouring support into the areas close to their hearts. Giving Day is the perfect opportunity to give to what you care about.”
Although UW-Stout is part of the Universities of Wisconsin and receives public funding, additional support is vital to support students’ higher education journeys.
“At Stout the significance of Giving Day and year-round philanthropy cannot be overstated. While we are a publicly funded institution, we rely on the generosity of our community to bridge gaps that state funding might leave,” Matheny said.
In September, the Foundation awarded $1.2 million in scholarships to 540 students.
“Through scholarships, emergency funding and program support, we alleviate the financial strain on students, ensuring they not only excel academically but also thrive in all facets of their university journey,” she said.