Ivy Tech Fort Wayne exceeds goal in college’s first Day of Giving

Ivy Tech Day – the first-ever Day of Giving for Ivy Tech Community College – brought alumni, students, and friends of the College together on Apr. 11 to celebrate 60 years of achievement and opportunity in Indiana. The 24-hour event also exceeded its statewide goal with 1,839 gifts contributing $241,685 that will provide for immediate student and programmatic needs across the state. The Foundation set a goal of 600 contributions to recognize Ivy Tech’s 60th anniversary this year.

The Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw received contributions equaling $12,291 in the first-time day of giving.

“The Day of Giving showed us that our community truly believes in our mission to give students a better every day after graduation,” says Chancellor of Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw Kim Barnett-Johnson. “From these generous gifts, we will be able to create more resources to make our mission possible and create a better future for our students and the northeast Indiana community.”

Approximately 173,000 people attend Ivy Tech’s 19 campuses across Indiana. Last year, over 41,000 credentials and certifications were awarded, and 93 percent of those who graduate stay in the Hoosier State to pursue their careers.

More than 50 challenge donations, ranging from $200 to $10,000, were received during the day.

“Our campus is extremely grateful for the gifts we’ve received because it allows us to grow our programs and initiatives to create a better student experience,” says Beth Clemens, Director of TRIO Student Support Services. “These gifts aren’t an investment to a school, they’re an investment in the future of our local students.”

Ivy Tech was founded 60 years ago on March 15, 1963. Ivy Tech contributes $3.9 billion annually to Indiana’s economy, including a net impact of $3.6 billion from alumni working in the state. Eight of ten students who graduate from Ivy Tech do so without student debt. Additionally, Ivy Tech graduates more nurses with 2-year degrees than any college in the nation, and most stay in Indiana to pursue their careers. Plus, our college contributes to 1 of every 70 jobs across Indiana.

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