#OneWestminster Day Sets New Giving Record
March 5, 2020
SALT LAKE CITY—Westminster College began its annual giving day (24 hours of fundraising for students) with a goal to receive 875 donations. Together—alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents and friends gave 1,088 gifts and raised more than $97,000—a significant increase from recent years.
Donors contributed to student scholarships, Griffin athletics, diversity, equity and inclusion, the Honors College and more. The generosity proves that Westminster’s community is united as one, fitting the #OneWestminster theme of the day. The gifts mark a truly historic day at Westminster College.
Jeanne Ambruster, Chair of the Board of Trustees, challenged the Westminster community in honor of the founding year of Westminster, 1875. For the first 875 gifts of any size made during One Westminster Day, Ambruster gave an additional $10. Board Advancement Committee Chair Wood Moyle stepped in partway through the day to add an additional $15, and then Board Vice-Chair Preston Chiaro added an additional $25 per gift in the final hours. These generous challenges ultimately raised and extra $24,250. Other members of the community participated in fun contests to raise awareness and celebrate milestones along the way.
- 1,088 donations, nearly triple the gifts received in 2019.
- More than $97,000 raised, also tripling the 2019 total.
“Our community showed up for each other on #OneWestminster day. Thank you,” said Spencer Windes, director of annual giving at Westminster. “The gifts help our students cultivate that which makes them human: their appetite for exploration, discovery and purpose; their acceptance of messiness, complexity and failure; and their capacity for empathy, creativity and love.”
Westminster is a private, independent, and comprehensive college in Salt Lake City, Utah. Students experience the liberal arts blended with professional programs in an atmosphere dedicated to civic engagement. With the goal of enabling its graduates to live vibrant, just, and successful lives, Westminster provides transformational learning experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students in a truly student-centered environment. Faculty focus on teaching, learning, and developing distinctive, innovative programs, while students thrive on Westminster’s urban Sugar House campus within minutes of the Rocky Mountains.