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Day for the Knights
Thursday, March 30, 2023

Thank you for an AMAZING Day for the Knights in 2022!

History was made on April 7, 2022, when Marian's entire campus came together for a day of celebration. #DayfortheKnights2022 and the weeks leading up to it were overflowing with fun, festivities, and pride. We promised food, games, prizes, and surprises, and we think the least surprising thing to come out of the event is...that we're doing it again on Thursday, March 30, 2023, to be exact!

Before then, though, we'd like to recap some of the most exciting moments of #DayfortheKnights2022:

With your help, the Marian University community raised $112,897.97 from 544 unique donors. There were 24 unique on-campus events on April 7, including but not limited to: Opening night of Marian University Theatre's Pippin, a live performance by the faculty/staff brass band, Excalibur, a massively popular iPad giveaway, a marathon reading of the first book of Psalms, and free Chick-Fil-A!

Of the unique donors, 230 were faculty or staff, 206 were alumni, and 42 were current students. Additionally, 140 of those were first-time donors!

The fund designations with the most donors were: Alumni House, 74; Knightro's Pantry, 74; 2013 Still Society, 59; San Damiano Scholars for Church Leadership, 45; and M-Club Endowed Scholarship, 31.

Beyond dollars, #DayfortheKnights brought memories we won't soon forget. The Leighton School of Nursing and The Exchange provided hilarious TikTok content, leaders from the IT department found themselves on the wrong end of numerous pies (and their promotional material was mass-flagged as a phishing scheme), Dr. Adrianna Ernstberger commanded the quad with her megaphone and drone camera, and students raced around campus to get their hands on limited edition #DayfortheKnights jerseys.

In the end, the coveted Sr. Norma Rocklage, OSF, Ph.D. '60 Bedazzled Bucket Hat MVP Award was awarded to the Student Success and Engagement team for their commanding campus presence, humorous social media, innumerable giveaways, impressive donor numbers, and sheer enthusiasm. Congratulations!

This all begs the question: How are we going to make next year even better?! (AND WHO will win that bedazzled bucket hat?!) Watch this web page for more information coming soon on how to start planning your program promotions for #DayfortheKnights23.

Marian University’s Annual Day of Giving

Each year, the Marian University Knights community comes together for a day of giving to raise money for student scholarships and to broadcast its school spirit to the world. Wherever you are, you are invited to join the party—whether virtually through university social media channels or in-person through on-campus events and activities throughout the day.

What is a day of giving?

A day of giving is a one-day, 24-hour fundraising opportunity designed to bring people together to give toward a cause close to their hearts. Similar to Giving Tuesday, where organizations promote their organization and ask for donations, Day for the Knights is Marian University’s dedicated day of giving.

Gifts—of any size—are driven by social media and email communications. These gifts go toward the general student scholarship fund or to specific existing funds within the various schools, programs, or organizations. Days of Giving are known for their energy and fun and often include lots of friendly competition between campus groups to generate the most dollars or number of donors and various other goals.

Days of Giving are also great days of school spirit. Campus groups create their own party environments and incentives and use this opportunity to raise scholarship dollars while also promoting and celebrating their own favorite programs.

Days of Giving are for everyone—alumni, faculty, staff, current students, parents of students, and community friends.

Goals and Rewards

Campus groups are encouraged to compete for the highest numbers in categories like the following:

  • Dollars raised
  • Total donors
  • Donor types: current student donors, alumni donors, parent donors, faculty/staff donors
  • First-time donors
  • New recurring gifts
  • New corporate matching gifts
  • Best Social Media promotion
  • Best campus event, activity, display
  • Overall creativity
  • Overall school spirit

Day for the Knights Resources

  • A Day for the Knights Social Media Toolkit including social media graphics and posting instructions is available. You can create your own student, faculty, or alumni spotlight posts to show off your favorite Marian program.
  • Social Media graphics are available. Use these images to help promote Day for the Knights in your networks on the days leading up to April, 7, throughout the day on April 7, and to proudly display that you've made a gift!

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