Editor’s note: With Virginia Tech Giving Day 2023 beginning at noon Feb. 15, Virginia Tech is featuring a series of stories highlighting the impact of philanthropy.

For 24 hours, members of Hokie Nation from across the globe will come together and give back.

Giving Day kicks off at noon EST on Feb. 15 and will be a chance to focus on the spirit of philanthropy that is such an important part of Virginia Tech. Gifts can be made to favorite programs, departments, student organizations, teams, and more. 

"Giving Day is a chance for Hokies to support whatever they are most passionate about and watch their gift go even further,” said Brittany Staggers, assistant director of digital philanthropy. “Special challenges and matching gifts not only showcase the generosity of Hokies – but also tap into our competitive spirit and the power of Hokie Nation to accomplish big things. When we all come together we make our university stronger. That is what Giving Day is all about."

During last year’s event, 15,787 alumni, faculty, staff, students, parents, and friends provided more than $8.4 million in support to areas across the university. 

Those who give this year will be able to take advantage of special challenges that unlock additional funding. These challenge opportunities, which represent nearly all Virginia Tech colleges and programs, offer the chance to make an even bigger impact.  

The Hokie Spirit also is being lifted by Giving Day ambassadors. Members of this group of hundreds of enthusiastic Hokies spreads the word through their own personal networks by sharing giving links and excitement. Ambassadors are made up of students, alumni, faculty, friends, and families and play a pivotal role in making the event successful. 

"We are so grateful to all the Hokies who have signed up to get in the game this year and serve as ambassadors,” said Jimmy Moore, digital fundraising strategist. “The passion and enthusiasm of our ambassadors makes our Giving Day success. Together, ambassadors show everyone what makes our community so special and how when Hokies come together they make a difference."

Students also have a chance to get involved, not only by making a gift but by competing in the Giving Day Scavenger Hunt. Students are invited to tackle a list of engagement challenges and compete for the chance to win $500 to gift to their favorite cause at Virginia Tech. There also will be a basketball watch party at McComas Hall to celebrate the day.

"Giving Day is one of my favorite days of the entire year! It’s when all Hokies come together, have fun, and help our school,” said Marley McCartney, Senior Class Gift co-chair. “This year’s Giving Day Scavenger Hunt will put any Hokie’s skills to the test! I am excited to compete and finish the day strong cheering on the Hokies at McComas."

The Hokie community can join in the fun by visiting the Giving Day website and following #VTGivingDay on social media. 

Share this story