#GivingTuesday on Dec. 1 Celebrates 'One McKendree'

(LEBANON, Ill., November 5, 2020) — On Dec. 1, McKendree University will participate in its sixth annual #GivingTuesday, a global movement that encourages generosity among individuals, communities and organizations. Each year on #GivingTuesday, millions of people worldwide give back to change their communities.

The theme for the 2020-2021 school year is “One McKendree,” a term coined by President Daniel Dobbins, which represents unity among the university community. “The time is now! The McKendree community needs to rally together even though we’re socially distanced,” said Holly Sallee, director of annual giving and advancement systems, who is organizing the #GivingTuesday initiative. “McKendree alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students and friends from different backgrounds, values and passions still share the same purpose: to provide a high-quality educational experience to outstanding students.”

As current students face an academic year unlike any other, the need for additional support is critical. Faculty and staff also require resources to adapt to ongoing changes and to maintain the university’s high-quality programming and services. Gifts made toward the #GivingTuesday campaign can impact a variety of areas at McKendree which include, but are not limited to:


  • The Annual Fund, which supports, in part, student scholarships and financial aid, student services, academic instruction and areas of greatest need.

  • The Hettenhausen Center for the Arts

  • Academic departments

  • Bearcat athletic teams

  • Student organizations and co-curricular activities

“All members of the McKendree community and beyond are encouraged to have a hand in this day,” said Sallee. “We all have gifts to give and with social media, online giving, delivery, mail and phones, there are multiple ways to use your generosity to support McKendree University on #GivingTuesday. Make a gift to an area close to your heart, spread the word to your fellow Bearcats, or become an Online Ambassador for McKendree!”

To get involved, visit www.mckendree.edu/givingtuesday or follow #GivingTuesdayMcK or #OneMcKendree on social media.


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