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Upstate Giving, April 10, 2017

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Donations on Clemson Give Day 2017 top $2 million

The second annual Give Day at Clemson University was more than twice as successful as the first one.

According to a news release, donors gave $2,062,864 to support scholarships, teaching and facilities during the 24-hour Give Day 2017 that began Thursday morning. Last year, 3,082 donors gave $907,603 on the first Give Day.

“We are overwhelmed by the generosity of the Clemson family in support of our second Give Day initiative,” said Brian O’Rourke, vice president for development and alumni relations, in the release.

Gifts came from 3,142 donors. Fifty-one percent gave online; others donated at campus locations and by phone.

According to the release, the average online gift was $134.97, but several alumni donors pledged large “challenge gifts” that could be collected only when milestones were reached during the day:

  • Vic and Susie Parker of Brookhaven, Ga., gave a $25,000 gift and designated it for the Samuel J. Cadden Chapel when the number of donations reached 500;
  • Ed and Kelly Rose of Daniel Island gave $50,000 for the Dean’s Excellence Fund of the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences when the number of donations topped 1,000;
  • the Fort Hill Clemson Club gave $60,000 for the Fort Hill Clemson Club Endowment for scholarships when donations totaled 1,500; and
  • Pat Harman of Burlington, N.C., gave $400,000 to The J. Pat Harman and Phoebe Harman Unrestricted Endowment for Excellence when the number of donations reached 2,000.

Clemson alumni employees of GE pledged a gift of $100,000 to the Watt Family Innovation Center and corporate partner Dräxlmaier gave $50,000 to support graduate fellowships in automotive engineering.


AFL presents $50K in grants to state organizations

AFL presented $50,000 in grants to several upstate nonprofit organizations in support of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and social services programs. Part of AFL’s Community Outreach Program, the grants were presented to the following organizations:

  • Greenville Family Partnership, Strengthening Families program – a 14-week program designed to improve family relationships, child behavior, parenting skills and reducing substance abuse.
  • Middle Tyger Community Center, This Is My Child program – for children ages 6 weeks to 4K, funds will be provided to support the 3K class with scholarships and STEM materials needed to enrich learning.
  • Hope Center for Children, Transitional Living program – this program assists youth that have grown up in foster care who are homeless. TLP helps with the transition into adulthood by offering shelter and case management while building life skills.
  • The Children’s Museum of the Upstate, Lego League – the grant will support this 12-week program for 4th – 8th grade students as they research, plan and build Lego robots and compete regionally.
  • Loaves and Fishes, Daily Food Rescue – the grant will provide needed repairs to a refrigerated vehicle so that food can be rescued and delivered to the 98 agencies it serves.
  • Wade Hampton High School FIRST Robotics Team, IT IS STEM Program – this grant will support students as the build a competition robot.
  • Spartanburg County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Countywide Firefighter Rehab and Support – funds will support a standalone, self-sufficient mobile unit that will travel to all major fires, decontaminate and nourish/hydrate all on-scene personnel.
  • Middle Tyger YMCA, Partners with Youth program – the grant will provide scholarships for children enrolled in summer day camp. Activities include field trips, swimming/swim instruction, arts and crafts, educational games, character education and academic tutoring.

“AFL is committed to giving back to our community, whether it’s through grants or sponsorships, or involving associates with a service project,” said Corie Culp, community relations manager for AFL, in the news release announcing the donations. “Our goal is to lift up others to help make a difference in their lives.”

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