Giving Tuesday Bucks raises more than $100,000

Dec 03, 2014

Donna Carlson and Dr. Joseph Brosnan at Giving Tuesday Bucks

Credit: Delaware Valley College. Donna Carlson '15, a DelVal business student who helped bring Giving Tuesday Bucks to DelVal with DelVal President Dr. Joseph Brosnan.

Giving Tuesday, a national movement, which encourages people to give to the causes they care about as part of their holiday giving raised more than $100,000 for Bucks County’s nonprofits Dec. 2.  This year, Bucks County held Giving Tuesday Bucks, a collaborative effort to raise awareness and funds for more than 130 Bucks County nonprofits. Participating nonprofits took donations throughout the day online and Delaware Valley College served as a home base for the event. DelVal business student Donna Carlson ’15, had the idea of bringing Giving Tuesday to campus and helped plan the event, which was held in the Student Center.

At the end of an all-day celebration of giving hosted by DelVal, Giving Tuesday Bucks reported that $111,771 was raised in a single day for Bucks County’s nonprofits through online and in-person donations. Reports of gifts to participating nonprofits are still coming in and the total for the event is expected to continue to grow over the next several days.

A DelVal alumnus, Robin Petzold ’76 made a $100,000 commitment to DelVal last night after the celebration, bringing total gifts and pledges to DelVal on Giving Tuesday to $114,929. The commitment will go toward the Annual Fund and DelVal’s equine science and management department. Kevin Keim ’68 made a $5,000 gift to DelVal on Giving Tuesday, which will support the Annual Fund. A total of 53 donors showed their support for DelVal on Giving Tuesday. Gifts to The Annual Fund provide immediate support to every part of the DelVal experience. From scholarship funds that allow students to attend DelVal, to facilities costs that help to maintain the structures in which students live, work and play and to the recruitment and retention of the best faculty to provide the unique DelVal experience - all of these are supported by the DelVal Fund.

“What you do every day is very noble,” College President Dr. Joseph Brosnan told nonprofit representatives at the event. “To get people to invest in a cause, any cause, that advances society and helps people is one of the most important things you can do and it is also one of the most important investments people can make. Thank you all for what you’re doing and thank you all for making Bucks County a better place to live.”

The participating nonprofits support a wide-range of causes including: helping people escape poverty, ending domestic violence, educating people about the food system, providing mentors and role models for children, protecting the environment, empowering victims of sexual assault and other violent crimes, fighting ALS, helping the homeless, funding arts programs, animal rescue and more.

Nonprofits had information tables set up in the Student Center to teach the public about what they do. DelVal students from FeelGood, a club that makes sandwiches in exchange for donations to fight hunger and Parkhurst Dining Services, provided food for the event.

“This is about giving money back to our communities, which is what makes Bucks County such a great place to live,” said Senator Chuck McIlhinney at the celebration at DelVal.