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April 30, 2019
On Campus

Passing On Your Light

Wittenberg’s Commit to Witt Day of Giving Exceeds All Goals

On April 24, 2019, Wittenberg alumni, faculty, staff, parents, and friends around the world joined in supporting the University’s student-centered mission during the annual Commit to Witt Day of Giving, raising $123,288 and surpassing the day’s goal of 500 donors.

“We want to extend our thanks to the entire Wittenberg community for the outpouring of support on Commit to Witt day,” said 2003 alumna Holly Gersbacher, director of alumni relations and lifelong engagement at Wittenberg. “Your gifts will help move Wittenberg forward by supporting our nationally recognized faculty and classroom experiences, academic scholarships, and every other component of Wittenberg's mission-driven, student-centered education.”

As a special challenge during the day, Ho Pak Kong, class of 1950 and an emeritus member of Wittenberg’s Board of Directors, donated $5,000 for every 100 gifts received, up to $20,000. This year 626 donors gave on Commit to Witt day to unlock his challenge, 126 more than the goal. The Senior Staff Participation Challenge also proved successful. Once Wittenberg reached 100 donors during the campaign, the senior staff team donated $1,000.

Donors came from all over the country and included all but 13 states. Leading the way in donations was Ohio with 285 donors, followed by Pennsylvania with 23, Illinois with 21, Florida with 20, and New York with 18.

Throughout the day, participants and special social media ambassadors shared Wittenberg stories across platforms while supporting the university with a gift to The Wittenberg Fund.

Whether alumni are passionate about scholarships that make a Wittenberg education accessible for all deserving students or want to support the university’s nationally recognized faculty and classroom experiences, Commit to Witt provided a chance to make a difference.

For those still wishing to contribute to #Commit2Witt day, gifts can still be made online at:

Recitation Hall
University Communications Staff
Staff Report

About Wittenberg

Wittenberg's curriculum has centered on the liberal arts as an education that develops the individual's capacity to think, read, and communicate with precision, understanding, and imagination. We are dedicated to active, engaged learning in the core disciplines of the arts and sciences and in pre-professional education grounded in the liberal arts. Known for the quality of our faculty and their teaching, Wittenberg has more Ohio Professors of the Year than any four-year institution in the state. The university has also been recognized nationally for excellence in community service, sustainability, and intercollegiate athletics. Located among the beautiful rolling hills and hollows of Springfield, Ohio, Wittenberg offers more than 100 majors, minors and special programs, enviable student-faculty research opportunities, a unique student success center, service and study options close to home and abroad, a stellar athletics tradition, and successful career preparation.

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