The Columbia College community came together in a major way on Wednesday, March 16, in support of the college’s fourth annual Giving Day. The endeavor was a rousing success, raising a record $199,826 from 590 gifts and counting. The total amount raised was an increase of 68 percent from last year’s total, and the number of gifts eclipsed the college’s goal of 500 gifts during the initiative.

“It is truly remarkable to see the level of energy and excitement Giving Day 2022 generated amongst members of our college community,” said Dr. David Russell, president of Columbia College. “These gifts are a reflection of the contributor’s belief in our mission of changing lives through education. The funds raised will benefit our students immediately through scholarship support, innovative new programming and enhanced technology infrastructure across our network of locations nationwide and online. We can’t thank those who supported Giving Day enough for stepping up.”


The event focused on encouraging alumni, faculty, staff, students, parents and friends of the college to make a participatory gift in support of students as they continue toward their educational goals.

The success of the event was due in large part to a group of generous alumni who came together to present challenge gifts in an effort to encourage the Columbia College community to be part of this special initiative. This group included:

  • Donald Ruthenburg – Former president and honorary member of the Class of 1995
  • George Hulett – Trustee Emeritus and honorary alumnus of the class of 2019
  • Anonymous Donor – Class of 1991
  • Barbara Bilger – Class of 1962
  • Jacob Black – Class of 2005

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

Below are some additional quick facts from Giving Day 2022:

  • From the Christian College Class of 1949 to the students on pace to graduate in 2026, members of 74 different class years made gifts;
  • Alumni from the Class of 2020 made the highest number of gifts (22);
  • The Class of 1995 were the leaders in the fundraising category ($45,600);
  • Donations came from 35 states
  • The donor demographic was wide-ranging:
    • 64 percent of the gifts came from alumni;
    • 27 percent of the gifts came from faculty and staff;
    • 13 percent of the gifts came from friends of the college;
    • 7 percent of the gifts came from students;
    • 6 percent of the gifts came from parents.

*Donors could identify themselves in more than one category

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