Houghton One Day Giving Challenge Exceeds $1.8M

April 12, 2022

On April 8, over a 24-hour period Houghton University received $1,840,435 in gifts and pledges from 2,124 supporters on its annual One Day Giving Challenge. These gifts will support student scholarships, capital projects, and academic and co-curricular student experiences.

The success of the day was in part thanks to two giving challenges made possible by generous donors: a dollar-for-dollar matching challenge gift up to $300,000 for gifts to the Student Scholarship Fund, as well as an additional $435,000 available if Houghton surpassed a threshold of 1883 donors. Additionally, a class challenge encouraged alumni to compete for the most donors, with a prize of a $25,000 endowed scholarship in the winning class’s name. Alumni came together with the most donors to grow The Class of 1977 Scholarship, an endowed scholarship that will perpetually provide annual student scholarships, and the opportunity for continued growth.

A website and social media takeover highlighted the importance of the One Day Giving Challenge, which reaches the extended Houghton community and demonstrates the value of supporting students today and in the future. On-campus, outdoor activities involved students in both giving back and thanking the many supporters of the Student Scholarship Fund and other programs and projects on campus.

The Student Scholarship Fund provides tuition support to students on Houghton’s residential campus in Allegany County, as well as the Houghton University Buffalo locations – Symphony Circle on the west side, and the King Urban Life Center on the east side of Buffalo.