BEARS HAVE HEART
APRIL 12, 2018
Bears have brawn, Bears have might, and above all, Bears Have Heart!
On Thursday, April 12, hundreds of Bears came together to support Lenoir-Rhyne University for its inaugural 24-hour giving campaign, Bears Have Heart. The generosity, enthusiasm, and spirit of LR students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends made Giving Day 2018 a success.
The effort received more than 297 gifts, totaling more than $97,797. The campaign doubled its original goal of 100 gifts by 2:30 pm. At 9 pm, the total number of gifts was almost triple the original goal.
An anonymous donor provided a $10,000 challenge in order to encourage donations and increase the impact of each gift. Social media was a big part of the effort, with friends sharing posts, watching videos, and showing their LR spirit. More than 6,000 Bears shared their LR pride on social media throughout the day, and gifts ranged from $1 to $20,000.
Giving Day was a celebration of LR spirit and provided lasting impact for the students, faculty, and campus community. Although Giving Day is over, gifts can still be made online at lr.edu/IGive2LRU.