Rio Celebrates #GivingTuesday with Rio Giving Day

#RiogivingtuesdayThis #GivingTuesday, the University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College will celebrate giving by raising funds for various campus projects to support students’ educational needs through the first ever Rio Giving Day campaign. The campaign will focus on raising funds for 11 different campus projects. These projects include Academic Center Helping Hands; Help the Helping Hands Funds – College of Arts & Sciences; Student Professional Development – Office of Student Affairs; Behavior Sciences Student Travel and Professional Development; Celebrating Champions of Character; Rio Travel Abroad, Pharmacy Technology Program; Roof Toppers – Bell Tower Camera Project; Historical Preservation; and a Student Newsletter.

“We are glad to participate in the national #GivingTuesday Cause. The campus community is kicking off our first ever Rio Giving Day,” said Interim President Dr. Catherine M. Clark. “Each of these projects was hand selected and led by our students with a focus on student success. Through the generosity of our donors, our students will be able to enhance their educational goals through unique learning experiences.”

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity in all 50 states and in countries around the world. Following Thanksgiving and the widely-recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this year’s #GivingTuesday will take place on November 27 and will kick off the giving season by inspiring people to take collective action to improve their communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they believe in, and help create a better world. Founded in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y, – a community and cultural center in New York City − #GivingTuesday inspired millions of people to give back and support the causes they believe in. Over $300 million was raised online to benefit a tremendously broad range of organizations, and much more was given in volunteer hours, donations of food and clothing, and acts of kindness.

“We are incredibly inspired by the way the #GivingTuesday community has embraced this concept for a worldwide movement,” said Henry Timms, founder of #GivingTuesday and Executive Director of 92Y. “As we prepare for November 27, we’re energized and encouraged by the community’s generosity. The levels of creativity, effort and the quality of the new ideas people have contributed and shared are phenomenal.”

Those who are interested in joining Rio’s #GivingTuesday initiative can visit For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website (, Facebook page ( or follow @GivingTues and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on Twitter.

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