CSM Foun­da­tion pre­pares for Giv­ing Tues­day event

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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.

SUBMITTED PHOTO

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.

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