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#GivingTuesday - November 29, 2022

#GivingTuesday is back on November 29th! 

It's the season of giving - Join the movement by supporting McKendree University this year! 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. 

We all have gifts to give, and with social media, online giving, delivery, mail, and cell phones there are limitless ways to support McKendree University on this day. Your generosity will 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 29th to count as participation toward McKendree's goal. This year, our goal is to reach 553 gifts 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 exceeded the goal of 552 gifts made, 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 #GivingTuesday. 

2022 Challenges

553 Gifts Challenge - Help McKendree reach 553 gifts made to any area on #GivingTuesday to unlock $25,000 of alumni challenge dollars for the University's Annual Fund! Last year, the University exceeded the goal of 552 gifts made, 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. 

Michael Gauble's Early Bird Challenge - McKendree University Trustee and Alum, Michael F. Gauble '66, challenges 47 gifts to be made on #GivingTuesday between the hours of 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. This is his 47th year of service, collectively, on the Alumni Board and the Board of Trustees. Once reached, he will give back $11,000 to the University's Annual Fund! Be sure to make your gift early to get in on this incentive and double the impact of your Annual Fund gift. 

President and Mickey Dobbins' First $5,000 Match
- President and Mickey Dobbins challenge alumni, faculty, staff, friends, and community members to support McKendree University on #GivingTuesday and will match the first $5,000 raised for the University's Annual Fund, the area of greatest need!

President and Mickey Dobbin's First-Time Giver Match
- First timer to #GivingTuesday? You're in luck - you can make a big impact! All first-time gifts up to $5,000 will be matched on #GivingTuesday no matter the area. Thank you for choosing to invest in McKendree University sudents and the future of this institution!

Faculty & Staff Challenge
- McKendree faculty and staff are encouraged to give back on #GivingTuesday. A gift of $25 from a faculty or staff member equals one entry into a drawing. The name that is drawn at the conclusion of #GivingTuesday gets to award $1,000 to the department, team, program, or area of their choice! The area must already have an established fund. 

Alumni Finish Strong Challenge - We're calling all alumni again to help us end the day strong! All gifts made between 7 p.m. and midnight will be matched up to $5,000 by an anonymous McKendree alum. Remember to get in on this incentive to double the impact of your giving, Bearcats!




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! 

Contact Holly Sallee, Director of Annual Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement at for your 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

By supporting the Annual Fund or another area close to your heart, you are ultimately supporting the entire University - and that is greatly appreciated!

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