Meredith College’s eighth Giving Day will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023. This day allows supporters of the College to donate to the various needs of the camps. Student organizations have used this as a time to raise funds for various events and initiatives. Clubs including Queer Space, Angels for Disability Advocacy (ADA) and The Herald are asking for donations for Giving Day. This year, donors can designate their gift to a specific fund by clicking "Other" on the Giving Day website and writing in the organization name.
Queer Space is Meredith’s LGBTQIA+ organization. They have received donations in the past, but were unable to fund events because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sarah Poisson, President of Queer Space, explained that the organization has worked to create a safe space for the LGBTQIA+ community on campus. “Donating to Queer Space will show support for our club and the community that exists on campus,” she said. Poisson stated that funds are used for a variety of socials for current students and alumni
ADA is Meredith’s disability advocacy organization that works to “inform students, faculty and staff about disability, opportunities for advocacy for disability on and off campus, and create a positive on-campus dialogue about disability.” The organization has not received donations during Giving Day in the past.
Rebecca Simmonns, President of ADA, stated that year-round donations are a significant help to the organization. “We have good ideas and not enough money,” she said. “[Donations] give us more time to allocate to strategy and development rather than devoting our limited resources to clerical work.”
Simmons also stated that the money will help preserve the club in the coming years with the executive board turnover that occurs after graduation. For future Giving Days, she suggested a form being sent out to club presidents that “lets clubs elect to be explicitly listed on the site rather than written in by donors.”
Poisson reitterated that donations are one of the best ways for donors to show support for student organizations. “It’s assuring to know that outside of the campus community, there continues to be support for clubs to continue to exist,” she said.
The Herald is also asking for donations during Giving Day. Funds will go towards supplies for the publication (i.e. videography equipment, office supplies, etc.) as well as initiatives like redecordating the Campus Publications room (Lux 111) and an end-of-year celebration.
Donations can be made through the Giving Day website on Feb. 28. To learn if other student organizations are fundraising, reach out to their leadership.
By Aminah Jenkins, Editor in Chief
Interview Responses compiled by Rachel Van Horne