GCU Students to Donors: ‘Thanks for Giving!’

FEBRUARY 27, 2014 (Lakewood, NJ) — Georgian Court University students are promoting Lion Loyalty Day as they mark Feb. 27’s internationally celebrated Student Engagement and Philanthropy Day. Many of GCU’s participants are student leaders with the university’s Phone-a-Thon campaigns and fundraising drives, and some are also organizing Georgian Court’s new young alumni initiative.

“Engaging students in philanthropy is a wonderful way to inspire the importance of giving back,” said Mellissia M. Zanjani, Ph.D., CFRE, Vice President of Institutional Advancement. “Georgian Court University is pleased to partner with CASE Affiliated Student Advancement Programs to host Lion Loyalty Day. It will be a day to promote and celebrate the love of humankind and to and help motivate students to become leaders in works of volunteering and philanthropy.”

Student Engagement and Philanthropy Day, observed by nearly 100 institutions worldwide, is designed to increase student understanding of philanthropy and grow engagement on campuses. Institutions from the United States, England, Canada, Australia and other countries are participating in the event through various activities, including “thank-a-thons,” day-long social media campaigns and student video interviews on what giving means to them.

“Student Engagement and Philanthropy Day is important because it gives students an opportunity to thank alumni for donating so that we can further our education,” said GCU student Inayah Williams.

During Lion Loyalty Day, Inayah and her colleagues will take to Twitter and Facebook to express their gratitude for donor contributions that fund more than $750,000 in Georgian Court scholarships each year. Annually, the university offers more than $12 million in institutional aid in the form of grants, scholarships and other assistance. Scholarship donations are critical to helping students afford the high-quality, values-based education offered at Georgian Court, the Mercy University of New Jersey.

Lion Loyalty Day is just one of many ways GCU students work to say ‘thank you.’

“It’s important that students start taking steps to become the next group of philanthropic leaders,” says Rob Henry, CASE’s executive director of emerging constituencies. “On February 27, we celebrate the value students bring to their institutions with their time, talent and treasure.”


CASE ASAP provides programming, services and resources in advancement, including fundraising and alumni relations, for students and advisers at student alumni associations, student foundations and similar organizations at colleges and universities that are members of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Student Engagement and Philanthropy Day is part of CASE ASAP’s goal to foster and enhance student involvement in all areas of advancement—including fundraising, alumni relations, communications and marketing.

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