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Franklin College students, employees, alumni, trustees, friends of the college and corporate sponsors joined in the spirit of philanthropy during the college’s tenth annual giving day, #GivetoGRIZ, on Wednesday, April 13. The result was the most successful one-day giving event ever for the college.

The college raised a total of $298,840, surpassing the goal of $200,000. Donations reflect an increase of 6.9 percent compared to last year. The total number of donors for the day was 1,228, an increase of 4.4 from last year and surpassing the goal of 1,000.

“The outpouring of support from our loyal alumni and friends during #GivetoGRIZ is a powerful statement of faith in the mission of Franklin College and confidence in its future,” said Kerry N. Prather, Franklin College president. “We are grateful for the steadfast support of each and every donor who helped make the campaign such a resounding success.”

“Our tenth annual #GivetoGRIZ 24-hour giving challenge was the most successful to date, thanks to the generosity of the many donors who supported Franklin College,” said Dana Cummings, vice president for institutional advancement. “This is yet another wonderful example of the Franklin community coming together in support of the college and our students.”

The money raised during this one-day giving event goes to all corners of campus, including the Franklin Fund to help provide tuition assistance for Franklin College students that qualify for assistance. Nearly 100 percent of Franklin College students receive some form of financial aid, many of whom would not otherwise be able to afford a college education.

Elwood Staffing sponsored the day.

The one-day giving challenge began in 2013, raising a total of $14,500 from 137 donors and earning the office of development and alumni engagement a Silver Award in their district from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Each year, both the number of donors as well as the total monetary donations have steadily increased.

While the one-day giving challenge is over for the year, those wishing to donate to the college’s Franklin Fund during this current fiscal year still have until June 30. To give online, visit franklincollege.edu/give or call (317) 738-8040.

For more information, contact the Franklin College Office of Communications at (317) 738-8185.

Founded in 1834, Franklin College is a residential liberal arts and sciences institution located 20 minutes south of Indianapolis. Franklin offers a wide array of undergraduate majors as well as master’s degree programs in Physician Assistant Studies and Athletic Training. The unique curriculum merges classroom instruction with immersive experiences, research opportunities and study away programs. Students participate in 21 NCAA Division III sports, Greek Life, musical and theatre productions, and more than 40 student organizations. As the first college in Indiana to become coeducational with the admission of women, Franklin welcomes diversity of thought, belief and person into a community that values equity and inclusion. Franklin College maintains a voluntary association with the American Baptist Churches USA. For more information, visit www.FranklinCollege.edu. Find Franklin College on Facebook and follow @FranklinCollege on Twitter.

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