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#GivingTuesday - November 30, 2021

No one does school spirit better than the alumni, faculty, staff, families and friends of McKendree University! We cheer for our students, celebrate traditions, and work hard for a promising future. Take your pride to the next level this year...

#GivingTuesday is back on November 30th! 

Collectively, we can make our students' dreams a reality by supporting scholarships, student services, academic instruction, technology upgrades, research opportunities, and many other areas on #GivingTuesday. Join the tradition of giving back on the world's biggest day of generosity! 

We all have gifts to give, and with social media, online giving, delivery, mail, and phones there are limitless ways to use your generosity to support McKendree University on this day. We need you to help sustain the true McKendree experience for today's Bearcats! 

Learn how you can join the #GivingTuesday movement below!




Make a Gift

Make a gift toward the #GivingTuesday campaign to the area that means the most to you! You can make your gift on or before November 30th to count as participation toward McKendree's goal. This year, our goal is to reach 552 gifts made to unlock $25,000 of alumni challenge dollars to support the University's Annual Fund (the area that is needed most). Last year, the University received 551 gifts, so we are pushing it to the next level and need your support! Your gift, no matter the size, will help us to reach this goal. 

Ways that you can make your gift:
1. Click here to make your gift online now!
2. Call 618.537.6826 to make your gift over the phone.
3. Mail in your gift to:

Office of Development, Alumni & Parent Relations

701 College Rd.

Lebanon, IL 62254




Participate in a Challenge

There are many challenges to take part in this year! We hope that you'll join in to make a bigger impact on the University on #GivingTuesday. 

2021 Challenges

552 Gifts Challenge - Help McKendree reach 552 gifts made to any area on #GivingTuesday to unlock $25,000 of alumni challenge dollars for the University's Annual Fund! 

President Dobbins' Alumni Challenge - President Dobbins challenges all alumni to participate by giving back to the area that means the most to them on #GivingTuesday. The story that has the most alumni gifts at the end of the day will receive $1,000 to their area!

Dr. Richelle Rennegarbe's 44 Challenge
- In honor of the 44 years of the School of Nursing & Health Professions existence and the 44 inaugural students in 1977, Dr. Richelle Rennegarbe, Division of Nursing Chair, Program Director and Professor, challenges 44 gifts of $44 to be made on #GivingTuesday to support the School of Nursing & Health Professions.

Michael Gauble's 40 Years of Service Challenge - In honor of his 40 years of service to McKendree University, Trustee and Alum, Michael F. Gauble '66, challenges 40 gifts to made made on #GivingTuesday between 6 a.m. - 9 a.m. Once reached, it will unlock $15,000 to the University's Annual Fund! 

Dr. Joni Bastian's Student Services Challenge - Dr. Joni Bastian, the Vice President for Student Affairs, challenges 20 first time givers to support Student Services between 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. on #GivingTuesday! 

The Alumni Board's Finish Strong Challenge - The Alumni Association Board of Directors challenges alumni to help McKendree finish strong on #GivingTuesday! All alumni gifts made between 7 p.m. - midnight will be matched up to $1,500 by members of the Alumni Board. 




Be an Online Ambassador  

online ambassadorDo you consider yourself a social media influencer? Do you love McKendree? Do you want to use your time and talent to help? If so, you would be a great Ambassador for McKendree University during this year's #GivingTuesday campaign!

Online Ambassadors are the most important role in the #GivingTuesday campaign. 47% of Americans learn about causes via social media and online channels. This is where you come in!

Online Ambassadors are alumni, faculty, staff, students, parents and friends who take the next step to promote #GivingTuesday through their own social networks. This is your opportunity to share your Bearcat pride! 

Click Here For The Online Ambassador Toolkit!




Get Social 

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Spread the Word 

sticker3You can do a great service to McKendree from the comfort of your home! Simply spread the word to fellow Bearcats by interacting with McKendree on social media. You can also double your impact by e-mailing, texting and talking with fellow Bearcats about #GivingTuesday. Encouraging others to participate makes all the difference! Using these hashtags on social media will also help to rally the community together:




Where Do the Funds Go

All areas of the institution will have a footprint on the #GivingTuesday crowdfunding platform. Donors will have the opportunity to give back to any area that they wish. By supporting the Annual Fund or another area close to your heart, you are ultimately supporting the entire University into the future - and that is greatly appreciated!

For additional information, please contact the Office of Development, Alumni and Parent Relations at or (618) 537-6824.