Chico State raises over $105,000 for Giving Tuesday


CHICO, Calif. - It's Giving Tuesday! What better way to kick off Chico State's Giving Day than their first ever 24-hour fundraising event?

Giving Tuesday's festivities were a collaborative effort between several organizations, clubs and centers on campus, but these groups have been raising money all month long.

As of Tuesday, 1,100 donors have donated $105,000 to over 50 featured causes around campus. One of those causes is the Chico Cares Campaign. The money for this will go towards helping students who identify as homeless and need food security.

The Student Philanthropy Council said it's focusing on this campaign because 1 in 10 students will identify themselves as homeless on Chico State's campus.

Among many other participating groups, the Community Legal Information Center has 11 different departments and each one is aiming to raise $500 for their students. They said that goal has already almost been achieved.

"There's 17,000 students on our campus. If we all gave one dollar, that $17,000 that can go to any place that we need. So that's something I definitely want people to take into consideration," said Daisy Mendez, Philanthropy Council founding member and Vice President. "Of course do Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but Giving Tuesday, just take a step back and give to somewhere that you feel passionate about that you want to make a difference towards."

As an incentive, the Philanthropy Council offered raffle tickets for every $5 donated. Eleven Chico State supporters have also pledged up to $46,000 in dollar-for-dollar matching funds to double the impact.

Anyone who would like to donate to one of the many organizations at Chico State still has time, the 24 hour fundraising effort goes until tonight at 11:59 p.m. For more information or to donate, click here.

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