On Thursday, April 25th – during the 24-hour period of Nevada’s Big Give – 81 members of the College’s extended community participated in a major online effort that officially raised $61,296 in support of SNC. Their results gave the College the #1 position statewide for cumulative dollars raised among the 397 participating nonprofits stretching from Reno to Las Vegas to Elko.
President Lynn Gillette applauded the intense one-day effort, “The energy level and enthusiasm was absolutely outstanding – a testament to how the College is moving forward and the excitement that we all feel about what the College is accomplishing. We had donations from every sector: alumni, faculty, staff, parents, graduating seniors, members of our Board of Trustees, and a number of individuals in the community. Most significantly, contributions ranged from $10 to $20,000 – a testament to the importance of gifts of every size. Forty-three gifts were at the level of $10-$25 and that made all the difference in terms of our overall level of participation.”
The day got off to a serious competitive start following a phone call from SNC Board of Trustees Member Bridge Stuart, who informed President Gillette that he would make challenge contribution of up to $20,000. Stuart knew the incredible power of a matching challenge. He was followed in quick succession by Board Vice-Chair Atam Lalchandani, who added to the challenge amount, and then President Gillette and Past President Ben Solomon and his wife Margaret created an additional challenge aimed at alumni, graduating seniors, parents, faculty, and staff.
Alumni and graduating seniors made an especially strong showing with a combined total of 32 gifts – approximately a third the total number of contributions. Graduating seniors logged in as a part of a special Senior Class “$19.69” effort – challenging them to give an amount recognizing the year of the College’s founding, for the opportunity to see President Gillette dance the hula at the Luau two days prior to graduation.
Several donors made contributions outside of the online vehicle and although not included in the official tally of the Big Give – these boosted the final level of support to $62,896.
Nevada’s Big Give was organized by NevadaGIVES, a nonprofit whose mission is to raise awareness of and increase charitable giving in Nevada. This was the second year for the Big Give; statewide $554,142 was raised from 4,482 individual donors during the 24-hour period.