Donors step up to break giving records on #ElonDay 2017

In honor of #ElonDay on March 7, donors made 4,299 gifts for more than $1,075,025 to achieve the most successful #ElonDay celebration to date. 

#ElonDay donors made 4,299 gifts totaling more than a million dollars.
The Elon community around the world came together March 7 to support the university in honor of #ElonDay, contributing 4,299 gifts and raising $1,075,025 to support students, scholarships, athletics and faculty. The day’s totals surpassed each previous Elon Day celebration to become the single-greatest day of giving in the university’s history.

Engagement on social media also hit a peak, with #ElonDay becoming a national trending topic during a 24-hour celebration that called for the university community to proudly proclaim, “We are Elon!” Alumni giving was a key factor in the day’s success, with 62 percent of gifts coming from Elon graduates, while gifts of $50 and under accounted for 69 percent of Elon Day contributions.

​“Elon Day is a time for our entire university community to come together as one,” said John H. Barnhill ’92, assistant vice president for university advancement. “’We are Elon’ is more than just a theme — it is the embodiment of Elon’s spirit that lives inside each of our partners, advocates and investors. Our continued success is the perfect example of what can happen when we come together to make a difference.”

The day started with a $50,000 scholarship challenge sponsored by Jon and Nina Graves, parents of Megan Graves ’18, that called for #ElonDay donors to reach 1,000 gifts before the university’s College Coffee at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday. At College Coffee, the university announced that the family of an Elon junior, which chose to remain anonymous, would create a $250,000 student scholarship if the number of gifts hit 2,000 by 2:50 p.m. The response to the midday challenge prompted the family to launch an additional challenge in which they would create a second $250,000 scholarship if the Elon community made 4,250 gifts by midnight. Donors successfully completed every challenge of the day, securing each of the three student scholarships.

​In addition to the morning College Coffee, on-campus events also included a Senior Toast for the Class of 2017 and an #ElonDay All-Student Party later in the evening. Elon Law also hosted #ElonDay events on the Greensboro campus.

Hundreds of alumni participated in #ElonDay events hosted by the university’s regional alumni chapters. The events took place in 38 cities spanning the globe from London to Los Angeles.

The following donors generously sponsored #ElonDay giving challenges and matches:

-Elon University Young Alumni Council
Jonathan and Nina Graves P’18
Clayton and Beverly Hollis P’13
Elon University Trustee Christopher Martin ’78 P’13 and Nicholas Martin ’13
Stephen and Susan Paneyko P’20

Learn more about this year’s historic day of giving at