The Columbia College community linked arms on Tuesday, June 9 in support of the college’s 2nd annual Giving Day. The event focused on encouraging alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends of the college to make a participatory gift in support of the Columbia College Fund, which addresses the college’s most immediate needs within the year that it’s given.

The event was initially set for April 7, but like many things, was rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the change in plans, the event was very successful, raising $90,194 from 440 gifts. The total raised was an increase of 300 percent vs. last year’s total.

The success of the event was due in large part to a group of generous alumni and friends who challenged the Columbia College community to be part of this special initiative. This group included Jake Black ’05, Jackie Bonney ’57, George Hulett ’19, the Joe and Starla Landers Family, Missy Montgomery ’06, Bill Seibert ’09 and Corbin Umstattd ’12 among many others.

Advocates for this year’s Giving Day also played a special part in the build up to event. Through their generosity and willingness to participate in the months prior to the event, they helped build excitement through social media and with other alumni, friends and family.

“The response to our Giving Day event was humbling. The alumni and friends of Columbia College are simply the best. The commitment and dedication of our CC friends and family displayed during this initiative was phenomenal, especially in these very trying times in our nation and the world,” said Suzanne Rothwell, vice president for Advancement. “This generosity will benefit our students immediately through scholarship support and enhanced technology infrastructure across our network of locations nationwide and online. This is especially important right now with our new virtual environment. .  We can’t thank those who supported Giving Day enough for stepping up during these challenging times.”

Below are some interesting details from Giving Day 2020:

  • From the Christian College Class of 1947 to the students working to graduate in 2024, members of 69 different class years made gifts
  • Alumni from the Class of 2019 topped the number of gifts made with 25
  • The Class of 2005 were the leaders in the fundraising category with $25,365 raised.
  • Donations came from 38 states and one from the United Kingdom. Here is a breakdown of the states the gifts came from throughout the US:

  • The donor demographic was wide-ranging with:
    • 69 percent of the gifts came from alumni
    • 17 percent of the gifts came from faculty and staff
    • 12 percent of the gifts came from friends of the college
    • 7 percent of the gifts came from students
    • 5 percent of the gifts came from parents

For more information about Columbia College Giving Day or to make a gift to the Columbia College fund, visit