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'I believe in you'
Author: Jillian Daley
Posted: December 16, 2019
Your car breaks down. Your spouse loses a job with benefits that had covered the whole family. Your childcare provider raises their rates beyond your budget.
 

“You feel like you’re doing the best you can and nothing seems to matter, then you get this one push of someone saying, ‘I believe in you,’” said Adam Patterson, director of development for the PSU Foundation-COE.

But some people only have a few dollars to spare, especially around the holidays. So, how much does a small donation help? It turns out, it helps quite a bit. In fact, most givers are providing small donations and those contributions add up.
 

In fiscal year 2018-19, 5,235 people gave $43.5 million to all departments and units of the PSU Foundation, according to the 2019 impact report, The Impact of Giving. Of those donors, 4,379 people offered donations of less than $1,000, which totaled $814,226.

“It’s the power of collective giving,” explained Hannah Holstein, associate director of development for the PSU Foundation.

Holstein said that’s why events like the PSU Day of Giving on December 3 are so meaningful.

“When you join your peers and support a fund during the PSU Day of Giving, you’ll see your gift have measurable, real-world impact,” she said.

During the PSU Day of Giving this December, people across campus showed great generosity, including the 30 people who came together and raised $2,600 for the COE Student Emergency Fund. That puts the PSU Foundation’s COE team halfway to their goal of $5,161 by January 2, 2020.
 

The fund is continually refreshed because there is such a high demand and need for it. Since April 2019, 16 students have received $10,322 from the fund, which has helped them with their personal difficulties and brought them just a little closer to commencement.

Patterson said many of those who give now were recipients of a scholarship or another type of financial support from a donor at some point in their lives. He said they never forgot that feeling of knowing someone had enough faith in them to donate.

Many students just need to “feel believed in” to succeed, Patterson said.

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First Mug: Adam Patterson, director of development for the PSU Foundation-COE, says when you give, it’s a way of saying, “I believe in you.”

Second Mug: Hannah Holstein, associate director of development for the PSU Foundation, said collective giving is powerful.


Graphic: During the PSU Day of Giving on December 3, 30 people came together and raised $2,600 for the COE Student Emergency Fund. That puts the PSU Foundation’s COE team halfway to their goal of $5,161 by January 2, 2020. Graphic created by Daryn Lee, COE website manager

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