‘A Thousand Thanks’ exceeds goal, with Class of 2021 winning class year challenge

The eighth annual gratitude event, held April 17, celebrated the impact of philanthropy on Elon’s campus.

More than 3,382 thank-you cards and phone calls helped “A Thousand Thanks” 2018 exceed its goal and ensure that the university’s donors feel the depth of the campus community’s appreciation.

Student-athletes kicked off the spring gratitude festival with a Thankathon held on April 9, 10 and 12. Their efforts sent 1,833 cards and phone calls to donors who support Elon athletics.  

On Tuesday, April 17, “A Thousand Thanks” continued with opportunities for students to write postcards at College Coffee and at writing stations in the Moseley Center, Daniel Commons, Global Commons, Clohan Hall, and the Snow Family Grand Atrium of Schar Hall. Elon Student Alumni Ambassadors took the lead in staffing the writing stations and writing their own notes to donors. The Class of 2021 wrote the most postcards on Tuesday, with approximately 130 first-year students participating.

That evening, more students participated in a gathering at The Oak House, and student callers logged nearly 1,000 thank-you phone calls.

Students from every class year as well as faculty and staff were at no loss for words in pointing out exactly how donor support influences their lives on campus. They completed the prompt, “Because you support Elon, I…

“… traveled to India to teach science to middle school kids. This trip helped me secure a job offer from the Peace Corps to teach English in Rwanda. Thank you!” – Graduating Senior

“…can pursue a degree that will enrich my perspectives both globally and locally. As a History major, I learn about the past to change my future, all thanks to your support! Thank you!” – Member of the Class of 2021

“…am earning a degree in Sport Management while also playing varsity men’s soccer. The opportunity to conduct undergraduate research in the field of Sport Management is a great privilege and wouldn’t be possible without your donations.” – Member of the Class of 2020

From the entire University Advancement staff, a thousand thanks to everyone who made this event successful.