The South Dakota State University Foundation will host the university’s first-ever One Day for STATE event Wednesday. The digitally focused campaign is a 24-hour challenge to all Jackrabbits to join together to celebrate SDSU and the impact that can be made through private gifts.
The event is intended to engage students, alumni, donors and friends around the country, particularly using digital communications and social media.
“Our communication preferences are changing. Technology and the increase in digital interaction have affected the way that many of us—including our donors, students and alumni—want to engage with the university,” said Arian Bunde, director of leadership initiatives for the SDSU Foundation. “This day is an opportunity for us to connect, no matter where we are, and celebrate what it means to be a Jackrabbit.”
The 24-hour time element adds a sense of enthusiasm and urgency. For each academic college, as well as various campus programs, generous donors have offered matching funds to challenge others to join them in providing opportunities for students and faculty at State.
“It’s exciting for donors to know that their gift can be joined with the gifts of others to make an even bigger impact,” said Erin Glidden, director of annual programs and leader for this event. “Gifts of all sizes make a difference.” The giving site allows donors to choose where their donation will go so they can make an impact for the SDSU programs that they care about.
The SDSU Foundation will roll out its first-ever Social Ambassador program as a part of the event.
“The Social Ambassador program provides yet another opportunity for Jackrabbits supporters to get involved,” Bunde said. “Think of it as a chance to be a digital volunteer to help spread the word—from wherever they are—using social media platforms they are already familiar with in order to make a difference for SDSU.”
Those interested in tracking the activity can do so by following the SDSU Foundation Facebook page and Twitter accounts, or by visiting onedayforstate.sdstatefoundation.org.
About the SDSU Foundation
The SDSU Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that raises and administers funds to benefit SDSU.
The Foundation has raised more than $50 million in gifts and pledges in each of the last four years. That success comes following It Starts with STATE: A Campaign for South Dakota State University, which raised $255.7 million for students, faculty, facilities, athletics and other university programs from January 2007 to April 2013. The Foundation has more than $190 million in assets. The Foundation has 37 full-time employees.
About South Dakota State University
Founded in 1881, South Dakota State University is the state’s Morrill Act land-grant institution as well as its largest, most comprehensive school of higher education. SDSU confers degrees from six different colleges representing more than 200 majors, minors and specializations. The institution also offers 36 master’s degree programs, 15 Ph.D. and two professional programs.
The work of the university is carried out on a residential campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre and Rapid City, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across the state.