The numbers are impressive. On April 12, 2017, UVA alumni, parents, and friends donated $3.3 million to their favorite programs and schools—more than $2,000 per minute and nearly $40 per second. Also impressive is the impact GivingToHoosDay gifts are having across Grounds and around the world.
Bridging Time & Place
W.W. Yen China Fund
This year, 113 GivingToHoosDay donors gave nearly $30,000 to the W.W. Yen China Fund. The fund continues UVA’s strong legacy of international connection and honors W.W. Yen, who graduated in 1900 and is the first international student to receive a bachelor’s degree from the University. Yen later served as the premier of the Republic of China and delegate to the League of Nations. This fund provides scholarships, research, and teaching support to benefit students from Chinese communities worldwide and those engaged in research, teaching, or learning about Chinese history, society, and culture.
Information is Power
School of Nursing
They say practice makes perfect. That’s why nursing students spend hours in the technology-enhanced Mary Morton Parsons Clinical Simulation Learning Center. Thanks to GivingToHoosDay donors, the lab is equipped with a fleet of iPads that allow real-time data collection and research with minimal disruption to student learning. Nursing students now spend more time responding to critical care needs and diagnostic challenges. GivingToHoosDay funds also provide nursing students with undergraduate research opportunities, resiliency training, scholarships, and a digital history project—enhancing their student experience and, ultimately, the care they will offer countless patients after graduation.
A World Away
Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center
The central African nation of Cameroon may seem a world away, but thanks to funds given during GivingToHoosDay 2016, more than 60 Charlottesville-area middle school students enjoy a meaningful connection to people in this former French colony. Each year one UVA student receives the Women’s Center Global Engagement Scholarship, allowing her to work overseas to collaborate with sister programs focused on education. Recipients then bring their experiences home to share with the Charlottesville seventh and eighth-grade girls. In 2017 the Young Women Leaders Program celebrated 20 years of pairing UVA student mentors with middle school girls, and its alumni continue to spread the benefits of their enriching experiences.