Supporters Join ‘All Together’ for PNW Day of Giving

By: Purdue University Northwest Last Updated: April 26, 2017

pnw-day-of-giving-2016-2Donors stepping up to support Purdue University Northwest

Donors are showing their support for Purdue University Northwest as contributions continue to come in to Wednesday’s (4/26) Purdue Northwest Day of Giving.

The 24-hour opportunity to give to PNW launched Wednesday morning, and donations can be made online at  through 10:59 p.m. CDT (11:59 EDT). Gifts of all sizes are welcomed to support student scholarships, academic programs, athletics and more.

As of 1 p.m., PNW gifts totaled more than $562,000 with more than 271 donations coming in from throughout Northwest Indiana, the state and across the nation.

Regina Biddings-Muro, vice chancellor of Institutional Advancement, thanked everyone who has donated so far for their generosity.

“This Day of Giving provides an exciting and fun way for everyone associated with our university to support PNW, our students and our two vibrant campuses,” Biddings-Muro said. “Each donation will help transform the lives of Purdue Northwest students. We are truly grateful to everyone who has supported Purdue Northwest Day of Giving, and we encourage those who wish to further the impact of higher education in Northwest Indiana to participate before the day ends.”

A convenient way to give
The fourth annual Day of Giving involves all Purdue institutions and provides PNW alumni, faculty, staff, parents, students, community members and friends a 24-hour opportunity to give to PNW and to support student scholarships, academic programs, athletics and more. There are several fundraising challenges and opportunities for matching funds to raise even more for PNW.

Last year’s Day of Giving generated $693,515 in support of PNW students and programs.

“Each year the response from our Purdue Northwest supporters to the Day of Giving is stronger and stronger,” Purdue Northwest Chancellor Thomas L. Keon said. “This is an indication of the willingness of people, companies and organizations to invest in the future of the university, our students and Northwest Indiana.”

Donor Generosity
Biddings-Muro noted that many PNW alumni, Northwest Indiana corporate partners and national supporters of the Purdue Northwest campuses are significant contributors to the success of Purdue Northwest Day of Giving.

Earlier today, the Milos Family Foundation committed a $100,000 matching gift donation to the Purdue Northwest College of Nursing. The family, bolstered by a family legacy of dedication to health care, is encouraging others to do the same to address the significant demands that will continue to grow in the health care field.

Michigan City-based Duneland Health Council presented a gift of $30,000 to fund scholarships in the College of Nursing. The Council has supported higher education and PNW’s College of Nursing for more than 19 years.

Also today, the Northwest Indiana McDonald’s Owners/Operators (NIMO) announced a $20,000 gift to the university in celebration of the Day of Giving. This is the third consecutive year NIMO has provided funds for the “Future Leaders” scholarship program.

Ways to give
Visit  to make a gift and to learn more about PNW Day of Giving, including how to designate a gift to scholarships, an academic area of interest, athletics or strategic area. Visitors to the website can track giving on a leaderboard, view a Day of Giving video and find additional information about the day’s activities.

Sharing the hashtag #PNWDayofGiving through a tweet or with a photo also will generate money on behalf of PNW during designated challenge hours.

On the PNW campuses, Day of Giving headquarters is located at Hammond in the Student Union & Library concourse and at Westville in the Library-Student-Faculty Building Room 144. Updates will be displayed and snacks will be available to those who stop by to follow the giving progress and make a donation.

There is an opportunity to generate even more money by giving during designated challenge hours. Some of today’s upcoming PNW challenge hours (all times CDT) are:

  • 4 p.m. – Share your most unique photo with the PNW Day of Giving Logo and both #PNWDayOfGiving and #PurdueDayOfGiving – to help PNW earn a $2,000 bonus.
  • 7 p.m. – Show your parent pride! Give back to PNW during this hour to directly benefit your student’s education and aid PNW in achieving a $4,000 bonus.
  • 8 p.m. - Grads of the last decade! Help PNW get the most donations from alumni who graduated from 2006 through 2016 to win a $4,000 bonus!
  • 9 p.m. - Calling all PNW alumni: Make your gift during this hour to help PNW gain a $4,000 bonus.

Purdue University Northwest
Purdue University Northwest (PNW), a comprehensive regional university within the Purdue University system, has two Northwest Indiana campuses in Hammond and Westville. With more than 15,000 students enrolled last fall and nearly 70 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, Purdue Northwest is Indiana’s fifth largest public university.