GS Receives Record-Breaking Support for Nontraditional Students on Giving Day

All across the world, the Columbia community came together on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 to far surpass ambitious goals and raise a record-breaking $445,537 for GS from hundreds of individual gifts—an unprecedented 38 percent increase in fundraising compared to last year’s totals.

October 30, 2019

These gifts will further help the School of General Studies support scholarships for current and future students.

Giving Day is an annual online fundraising event that encourages alumni, students, parents, and friends of the University to come together to support schools and programs and help them win prizes in matching funds. October 23rd marked Columbia University's eighth annual Giving Day.

That evening, the GS community came together for a celebration in the GS Lounge. Students, alumni, and staff enjoyed refreshments together and were greeted by Dean Lisa Rosen-Metsch via livestream from Washington, D.C. Dean Rosen-Metsch, who was joined by alumni in the D.C. area, thanked donors for their support of scholarships and programs for current and future students, and encouraged everyone to spread the word about the importance of supporting nontraditional students on Giving Day.

Across the University, Columbians from around the world—alumni, students, parents, friends, neighbors, faculty, and staff—came together to give back, making 18,622 gifts to raise $22,009,151 for the causes, schools, and programs that support our students and further Columbia’s global mission of research, teaching, patient care, and partnerships to solve the pressing challenges of our time, from climate change to social justice, and more. The School of General studies would like to thank each of our Columbia Giving Day 2019 donors, who have truly helped change lives that change the world.