UD receives less than last year from Texas fundraiser

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Ghianda Becerril
Contributing Writer

The University of Dallas raised over $30,000 Sept. 15 during the third annual North Texas Giving Day organized by DonorBridge, an organization that connects donors with their non-profits of choice.

More than 600 North Texas non-profit organizations benefitted from the fundraiser, which generated a record number of $10.7 million in donations, doubling last year’s $5 million.

Despite the higher numbers in overall donations, the final results for UD were lower than last year’s.  The final results for UD reached a total of $30,351.49, compared to last year’s $38,600.

The slowdown of the DonorBridge website caused by its numerous visitors on Giving Day hindered the number of donations to UD, according to the university’s Director of Annual Giving Jim Livernois.

“This was one of the biggest challenges we had,” Livernois said. “The website was inundated with people trying to donate.”

Although the numbers for the overall campaign were much higher, it deterred some donors to UD and other organizations from participating.

“The amount was a bit less than a year ago because of the technical problems the site had,” Livernois said.

The website was either down or too slow for people to even get in, causing all organizations to tally up a smaller amount of funds, according to Livernois.

All donations go straight to UD’s academic departments, a particular scholarship or the general scholarship and financial aid fund.  This year’s donations are going specifically to financial aid packages for students at UD as well as other academic programs. Specific programs will be announced later.

Working with DonorBridge is a very simple and easy mechanism for the university to get funds, Livernois said.

“DonorBridge is great,” he said. “It is minimum work on our end for maximum return.”

Finally Livernois said that the university encourages donations all year round and not just on North Texas Giving Day.

“We are always open for donations,” Livernois said. “There are still plenty of opportunities for the university to receive funds.”

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