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Giving Day: What is it?

Canisius will be hosting their sixth annual Giving Day on Wednesday, April 6, where people will be able to donate money to Canisius to support a program of their choice.

Giving Day is a 24-hour virtual fundraising event held by Summer Handzlik, the senior director of Annual Giving & Stewardship. There is a website that will count down the time until it reaches Giving Day.

Handzlik said, “The purpose of Giving Day is to create excitement around people giving back to the community and those programs that fueled their passion here at Canisius.”

When asked why students should pay attention to Giving Day, Handzlik said: “Students should pay attention to Giving Day because many gracious donors choose to give donations that help fund the programs that many students are a part of, because they care about the community and have a passion for these programs.”

Several of the programs have a donation match where each dollar donated will be matched by the students in the respective program. The Undergraduate Student Association will be doing their own match for the first time. They will be matching up to $10,000; one dollar for every dollar donated.

There will be some activities held for Giving Day the day before and the day of. On April 5, there will be a t-shirt distribution from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the George Martin House for faculty and staff who donate for Giving Day between Wednesday, March 23 and Monday, April 4.

On April 6, there will be three events held in celebration of Giving Day. The first event will be a breakfast-on-the-go from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the faculty lounge, hosted by the ALANA Student Center, the Afro American Society, Asian Student Association and Latin American Students & Friends.

The second event will be a popcorn bar from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on the first floor of Bagen Hall where students and faculty can enjoy popcorn together. The third event will be a Scratch & Win!, hosted by the Griff Center. Faculty, staff and students are invited to claim their free scratch-off ticket at the Office of Academic Achievement from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. or at the Career Center from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Those who win will be able to claim prizes such as Canisius merchandise, like keychains, lanyards and pennants.

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