Beavers Show Commitment During First Giving Tuesday Effort

More than $20,000 was contributed by benefactors to Buena Vista University teams and programs on Giving Tuesday, which BVU joined for the first time.

More than 200 supporters representing 15 states and two countries teamed up to make Giving Tuesday a success for Buena Vista University.

In excess of $20,000 was contributed by benefactors to 18 BVU teams and programs as part of the annual event, which BVU joined for the first time.

“We are so thankful to have been a part of Giving Tuesday for the first time,” says Zach Rus, assistant vice president of University Development & Alumni Engagement. “To be able to top the $20,000 mark and celebrate 100 first-time givers among those who took the time to reach out and make a generous gift was a rewarding and humbling day for our extended campus community. We are so grateful for your help.”

“To be able to top the $20,000 mark and celebrate 100 first-time givers among those who took the time to reach out and make a generous gift was a rewarding and humbling day for our extended campus community."

Zach Rus

BVU alumni from class years of 1965 to 2019 took part, representing an impressive span of 54 years. Dozens of additional gifts came from BVU faculty and staff members, friends of the University, and parents of current Beavers.

Of the BVU teams or club sports listed by Giving Tuesday participants, the baseball and football teams earned support from the most backers, followed closely by the track and field/cross country teams, athletic bands, and the wrestling team.

Rus expressed his gratitude for all who participated, as their commitments enable BVU to continue to offer incredible educational, extracurricular, and experiential learning experiences funded in large part by generous scholarship packages. Support such as this has BVU in a league of its own when it comes to value, according to the 2020 ratings of Regional Universities in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report, which placed BVU at No. 4 in the Best Value category, 28 spots ahead of any other Iowa institution.

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