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HBCU, Hampton Unversity in Virginia Raises Over $1.5 Million in 24 Hours

HBCU, Hampton Unversity in Virginia Raises Over $1.5 Million in 24 Hours
Posted By: Will Moss on July 31, 2020

HAMPTON, Va. – On June 30, 2020, many Hamptonians answered the call to action to join the Day of Caring Dream Team and unite as #OneHampton to ensure Hampton University continues in its mission of preparing promising students for positions of leadership and service. In its 7th year, the 24-hour fundraising campaign raised $1.5 million – making it the most successful single day event to date.

“From changes on the job, to changes in roles and daily routines to increased efforts to simply keep yourself and your family safe – we understand that these are tough times for many,” said Brint Martin, Director of Alumni Affairs. “In spite of this, many members of the Hampton family, continued to show support to the University by not only giving financially, but also by sending messages of support, inquiring how they can help, and organizing and generating support for our Day of Caring events, among other things. The outpour of support and generosity shows the power of our Hampton family coming together during adversity. Unity is the reason our Day of Caring was truly a success.”

For the past six years, Hampton University’s annual #OneHampton Day of Giving has called Hamptonians at home and at heart to do their part in ensuring the University’s mission of molding and educating future leaders continues for years to come. This year the virtual event took on a new name as the University looked to not only stress the necessity of support from all its constituent groups during a time of increased economic uncertainty, but also to virtually engage and build a sense of community amongst alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends during these unprecedented times.

It was truly a Day of Caring as the Hampton family joined the Dream Team, and showed up and out with Pirate Pride in support of the educational experience that is The Standard of Excellence. From midnight to midnight, 6,994 donors from 38 states, the District of Columbia, and three countries joined together to contribute 8,994 gifts totaling $1,557,927.95. By registering to participate in the first #OneHampton Virtual 5K Run/Walk on the Day of Caring, 210 members of the alumni family, as well as faculty and staff, received full giving credit and supported the Hampton Cares Student Emergency Fund.



In addition, attendees of the virtual Clean Comedy Act with Willie Brown ’84 contributed over $30,000 to Hampton Cares Student Scholarships.

To get the Hampton family in the giving spirit and to offer unique giving opportunities the Office of Alumni Affairs and the Office of Development hosted a “7 Reasons to Keep Hampton Strong” themed virtual pre-week that included an Alumni Town Hall featuring Athletics Director, Euguene Marshall, A Conversation with Academy Award Winner Ruth E. Carter, a virtual ‘Paint & Sip,’ and a Roundtable Talk discussing The State of Philanthropy at HBCUs.


Among the gifts made through #OneHampton Day of Caring:

Hampton University alumni Dr. Freeman ’70 and Mrs. Jacqueline Hrabowski ’70, President and First Lady of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), made a $500,000 gift in honor of their 50th Class Reunion to The Jacqueline and Freeman Hrabowski Endowed Scholarship fund.

“To whom much is given, much is required,” said Dr. Hrabowski. “We were so blessed to have the Hampton experience, and it prepared us to lead and to serve.”

Attorney Marilyn Cain Gordon ‘80 established an endowed scholarship for students with disabilities in the amount of $600,000. The gift includes $500,000 to set up an endowed scholarship for disabled students, $100,000 to establish an operating fund for the University Testing, Office of Compliance and Disability Services and $24,501 is to be used for a current-use scholarship fund for students with financial difficulties.

“Giving back is essential,” Gordon said. “As alumni with different life experiences, we will each discover new and innovative ways to make contributions to the University. In the years since Hampton, one lesson learned is no matter how small or large the contribution, any contribution moves us into the future.”

In a letter addressed to alumni, Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey said:

“The world is in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic with over 3,335,000 cases and over 135,000 deaths. Yet, you gave. Over 30 million Americans have lost jobs. Yet, you gave. Our nation is in the midst of a social and political crisis. Yet, you gave…Collectively, you gave more than you have ever given before. You gave because you believe in Hampton and the foundation upon which it was built. You gave so that future generations could become Hamptonians.”

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