Giving Day: giving gold


Some people step away from a challenge. Manchester people step up.

We cannot thank you enough for your amazing support on Giving Day, June 3. These are challenging times for our students, their families and for some of you.

We told you that a gift to The Manchester Fund was the best thing you can do to help Manchester students right now and, obviously, you agreed!

Over $235,000 was raised for Giving Day from over 400 donors! That more than doubles our original goal of $100,000 from 350 donors, and far exceeds our stretch goal of $160,000, which we set later in the day.

We could not ask for better people with whom to share these challenging times. Your support is a blessing.

From the bottom of our hearts and on behalf of every Manchester University student,

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!




Giving Day Matching Gift Challenges

Manchester Alumni Board Challenge

  How great would it be to double the value of your first gift to Manchester University?! Take advantage of the Alumni Board’s matching gift challenge. The Alumni Board is comprised of 18 graduates, ranging from the Class of 1967 to the Class of 2019, who represent you, our alumni. Watch a video from the Alumni Board about this challenge by clicking here.

Manchester Mates Challenge

  Thanks to a recent gift, this challenge's goal is now $5,000! Manchester changed our lives in all kinds of great ways. Those of us who met our life partners in college found the ultimate blessing. These six couples who met at Manchester are issuing a challenge to other alumni who met their mates at MU, too:
  • Anna Merryman ’04 Linstromberg & Ryan Linstromberg ’03 ’04 M.Acct.
  • Kamie Lucas ’05 Libey & Justin Libey ’03
  • Dr. Lori Zimmerman ’92 & Joel Eichenauer ’91
  • Megan Julian ’07 Sarber & Jody Sarber ’07
  • Kylee Rosenbaum ’11 Moss & Jordan Moss ’12
  • Kathy Koher ’92 Leckrone & Mike Leckrone ’92
  • Dr. Debra Merrifield ’86 Carothers & Shawn Carothers ‘86
Hear them tell their own stories in a series of three videos, seen below.
Giving Day MATES Challenge video 1 Giving Day MATES Challenge video 2 Giving Day MATES Challenge video 3
Your gift on Giving Day will be matched dollar for dollar up to $5,000!

Physicians Challenge

  An anonymous donor who graduated from Manchester has pledged to match any new gift from a physician made on Giving Day, up to $5,000. So if you’re currently a physician and haven't made a Giving Day gift in the past, take advantage of this dollar for dollar match and double your gift to Manchester!

Frontline Workers Challenge

  Dr. David Bowman ’72 & Madonna Rhodehamel ’72 Bowman have pledged to match any gift from those who are on the front lines of this COVID-19 pandemic or work on the front lines of social justice made on Giving Day, up to $5,000. If you are an educator, a social worker, a health care professional or work for social justice, you can now double the amount of your gift using this dollar for dollar match from the Bowmans.

$20,000 Matching Challenge

  An anonymous graduate has pledged $20,000 to match any gifts given on Giving Day, June 3, that don’t have any other match. How wonderful is that? If you make your contribution on Giving Day, your gift will be doubled with this generous dollar for dollar match