NIRSA family, your generosity is so inspiring! You broke all prior records in the 2019 #GivingTuesday celebration—thank you!

Not only did Hughes Group Architects return for a fourth year as our match challenge partner, but they raised the ante by increasing their match to $3,000—an amount you surpassed by midday on #GivingTuesday. You also surpassed the $2,200 in other matching gift opportunities to raise a total of $15,103, breaking all prior NIRSA Foundation records for #GivingTuesday!

But wait, you weren’t content with just breaking donation records. You wanted to break participation records too. This year, 143 members of the NIRSA family stepped forward on #GivingTuesday to say, “We pay it forward!” We also saw new Cornerstone Society enrollments, and we’re delighted to report that 18 individuals made their first-ever gifts to the NIRSA Foundation during this appeal!

We cannot thank you enough!

Many thanks to everyone who spread the word to their NIRSA networks about this appeal! Thank you for every email, like, share, retweet, repost, comment, and kind word spreading the love of NIRSA and campus recreation.

The #GivingTuesday social media content entries were incredible testimonies to the value of this Association and the love of the NIRSA family. Mary Healey, Assistant Director of Fitness & Wellness at Old Dominion University, wins the prize $25 Amazon gift card for her moving Instagram post, which received 87 likes by the end of the appeal. It would be difficult to beat the NIRSA dad and daughter post!

Your #GivingTuesday generosity matches an amazing year of supporting NIRSA via NIRSA Foundation donations.

Thanks to you, we’re awarding more than 115 scholarship, travel grant, and award opportunities to NIRSA students and professionals in 2020.

Thanks to you, we’re directing $65,000 to support NIRSA’s research initiatives through the NIRSA Research Grant Program and NIRSA’s powerful benchmarking and assessment tools.

Thanks to you, we’re supporting 100 students through the officials development training program at the upcoming NIRSA Championship Series basketball and flag football tournaments.

Thanks to you, we’re providing $10,000 supporting health and wellbeing initiatives that advance NIRSA’s strategic plan.

On behalf of the Association, thank you again. We hope your holidays are filled with health and happiness! And we’re looking forward to seeing you at NIRSA 2020 so we can thank you in person!