Nearly $330,000 Raised During #JayItForward Giving Day 2023

April 6, 2023 | by the Office of Marketing and Communications

Stickers and badges on a table that say "I GAVE"

Hundreds of Elmhurst University alumni, friends and members of the campus community celebrated Giving Day 2023 by raising nearly $330,000 for a range of programs and initiatives benefiting students.

Proceeds from the 24-hour #JayItForward fundraiser on March 30 exceeded the day’s $300,000 goal, with gifts coming from 340 unique donors who made more than 370 contributions.

The philanthropic gifts support several of the elements that define a student’s Elmhurst experience, including:

  • The Annual Fund, which supports student scholarships, operational and program costs, and other University needs with unrestricted, immediate-use dollars.
  • The Health Sciences Initiative Fund, which will facilitate the construction of a new health sciences building that will bring together Elmhurst’s nursing, public health, occupational therapy and communication sciences and disorders programs, and will create greater opportunities for collaboration and innovation.
  • Improvements to Langhorst Field and other athletic and recreational facilities on campus, to provide an enhanced experience for thousands of students, coaches, spectators and community members.
  • What’s Your Bluejay Passion?, which supports University programs of the donor’s choosing.

Gifts made throughout the day unlocked numerous giving challenges issued by alumni and friends, and helped the University reach its goal. Giving Day also kicked off the University’s student philanthropy campaign, which will continue through Commencement Day on May 20.

“For the past several years, Giving Day has provided a meaningful opportunity for the Elmhurst University community, both on and off campus, to come together in support of our students and our institution,” said Vice President for Institutional Advancement Andrew Knap. “It’s a day when every gift matters, and we are very grateful for the support and partnership that makes it such a success.”

To support Elmhurst University with a philanthropic gift, visit or call the Office of Institutional Advancement at (630) 617-3600.

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