What a difference a day makes, especially for the University of Rhode Island (URI) students most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. URI’s Day of Giving 2020 on October 1 was a huge success thanks to a team effort across the entire community of alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff and friends. The event raised more than one million dollars, much of which will go to providing critical, immediate-use support to students whose lives and education have been disrupted by the pandemic.
This is especially remarkable considering the event almost didn’t happen. Normally held in April with fundraising activities on campus and online, the entire 2020 event was in question as the pandemic disrupted campus and foundation operations. We spoke with Leslie Lowenstein, Web and Print Editor, URI Foundation & Alumni Engagement, about how the foundation was able to reimagine the event and unite staff, campus departments, and supporters online with Anthology’s engagement and fundraising platform, Encompass.