McPherson College’s Power Day 2019 surpassed all goals and set new records on March 14 this year during the annual online day of giving, which supports students and programs across campus. Celebrating the five-year anniversary of Power Day, more than 300 alumni and friends of the college gave $156,770, exceeding last year’s total by nearly $40,000.
“The response to this year’s Power Day exceeded all my expectations,” Dave Barrett ’90, advancement officer, said. “Five years ago when we started this, we had no idea Power Day would connect with so many people. It’s really a day about celebrating McPherson College.”
Many McPherson College alumni agreed and shared why they are “Bulldogs Forever” on the college’s website and social media channels. Donors were encouraged to leave comments throughout the day and those were shared on the college website. Common themes were gratitude for community, support, and quality education.
“McPherson College gave me the opportunity to jump start my career. I want to ensure current and future students have the same or better opportunities that I did,” Kyle Smith, a 2013 graduate, said.
Brent Paul, a 1994 graduate, kicked off the day with a gift of $50,000 and more than 40 first-time donors made gifts to Power Day. Alumni from 35 states and two foreign countries participated in the day of giving. Support on campus was also strong this year with employee participation doubling. The 20-person staff of the Facilities Department was the largest department on campus with 100 percent participation.
“Power Day is a great example of our alumni and friends stepping up to support student experience at McPherson College,” President Michael Schneider said. “Encouraging a new generation of support through opportunities like Power Day ensures that we continue our tradition of successful fundraising.”