CSM Foundation prepares for Giving Tuesday event
The College of Southern Maryland will participate in Giving Tuesday on Nov. 28, a 24-hour online giving event that helps build the college’s scholarship funds.
“The participation across the region is amazing to me,” said CSM Foundation Chair Nancy Hempstead in a press release, noting that corporate sponsors, area residents, college staff and numerous students participate.
“It always warms my heart, the community support for this event.”
An international day of generosity, Giving Tuesday follows Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday and focuses on philanthropy and giving to others after those days of frenzies consumerism, the release states. While this 24-hour giving event is primarily online, donors can also mail in their donation dated Nov. 28.
“As you move into what can sometimes be considered a frantic holiday season, it is a great time to donate to CSM and help provide scholarship opportunities to hundreds of students,” said event chair Brenda Lowe in the release.
One feature of Giving Tuesday that makes it an ideal time to give to the college is the opportunity to donate to a matching scholarship fund. Several generous donors have already pledged to match gifts made to their scholarships, dollar for dollar, the release states.
CSM Foundation Director Linda Cox and her family established the Cox Family Memorial Scholarship at CSM and, for the past two years, have set up matching funds for those donating to the scholarship during Giving Tuesday.
“My late husband and I both shared the belief that higher education should be affordable to every individual,” Cox said in the release. “The Cox Family Memorial Scholarship is available not only to students pursuing a full-time degree but to those who can attend part time so that anyone who desires to take their education to the next level, learn a trade, or fit school into their schedule, can do so. Giving Tuesday is a wonderful vehicle that brings attention to charities in communities on a local and national level. As a CSM alumnae, I am proud to participate in facilitating scholarship monies to deserving members of my community.”
Last year’s Giving Tuesday event at CSM also served as the CSM Foundation’s public launch of its “Make An Impact” campaign. The campaign, “Make An Impact: Invest Today to Transform Tomorrow,” surpassed its initial goal of $10 million and challenged the community to help raise another $2 million by 2018, when the college will celebrate its 60th anniversary. The campaign is focused on three major initiatives — scholarships; technology and facilities; and entrepreneurship and innovation.
Donors can also opt to give toward other CSM needs, including the Athletic Department’s efforts to renovate its baseball field.
For information on Giving Tuesday at CSM or to donate during the event, visit http://Foundation.csmd.edu/GivingTuesday.
From left, CSM Foundation Director Linda Cox with her niece, Lisa Case, and CSM payroll specialist Anne Buckler participate in last year’s Giving Tuesday event.