Record number of donations powers Thiel College to successful online fundraising event

GREENVILLE, Pa.—Thiel College received a record-setting 456 donations in 24 hours on the way to raising nearly $200,000 for The Thiel Fund with its one-day online fundraising campaign Thursday, Feb. 21.

Over the last four years, Match Day has maintained its positive momentum, setting marks for participation and/or money raised. The College asked alumni, community members and friends of the College to make contributions on Feb. 21. The campaign’s theme, “Take the Plunge” was lived out when a video of Director of The Thiel Fund Mark Batt ’87 jumping into the icy waters of Pymatuning Lake was released to the public once the donor goal of 250 was met. The event raised $189,865 and has raised more than $750,000 the last five years.

Match Day also featured affinity group challenge with 252 donations made from representatives and members of Greek organizations. Sorority Alpha Xi Delta and fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon, which recently celebrated its 70th year on campus, were the Greeks with the highest participation. A special fundraising challenge was dedicated to celebrating the upcoming 80th  birthday of Professor David Miller ’61. Miller is in his 56th year of teaching at Thiel College. He is the longest-tenured professor in the College’s 153-year history. The campaign also included a record-number of 79 first-time donors and 114 members of the campus community.

“Match Day is an exciting time for the Office of College Advancement and the whole College community. We are thankful to the alumni and friends of the College who step up annually and answer the call,” Vice President of College Advancement Roberta Leonard said. “Whether it is as students, alumni or friends, those associated with the College feel like the institution is a special place and that is reflected in the record-setting number of donors. We have never had a day like this in school history where more than 400 donations were made in less than 24 hours. By giving to the College, our supporters are guaranteeing that another generation will find an open community that connects students to the resources they need to become successful in life.”

Gifts to The Thiel Fund go exclusively to the areas of greatest need of the College, funding need-based scholarships, academic programming, athletics, and campus improvements.

About The Thiel Fund

The Thiel Fund is the College’s largest source of unrestricted funds. It funds need-based scholarships, academic programming, athletics and campus improvements. It also provides for unforeseen expenses, student needs and special opportunities.

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Thiel College is an independent college founded in the Lutheran tradition. Located in Greenville, Pa., the College offers 60 majors and minors, 24 varsity sports, and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio. The College is also home to a new Master of Science in speech-language pathology and 2Master of Business Administration. Both master’s degree programs offer innovative and accelerated five-year paths which allow students to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. The speech-language pathology program also has an accelerated 15-month graduate-level program. The M.B.A. program also has a 12-month post-graduate program.A dedicated faculty paired with dynamic research and internship opportunities produce numerous graduate school and job placements. Coeducational from its beginnings, the College remains committed to combining tradition with innovation as it celebrates 150 years.