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Save the Date: Gardner-Webb’s Ninth Annual Double Dawg Day is April 11

Donors Have Matching Opportunities to Double Their Impact

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—Gardner-Webb University’s annual Double Dawg Day is celebrating its ninth year on April 11. The campus community—along with alumni, friends, and longtime supporters—have an opportunity to surpass last year’s giving and score a record-breaking total for the ninth year in a row.

Assistant Director of Annual Giving Kanisha Fowler has been involved in the successful fundraising day for five years. “Double Dawg Day is a day where everyone can get involved and make an impact at Gardner-Webb,” Fowler observed. “This day makes a difference for our students, athletics teams, academic departments, and campus as a whole. I’m looking forward to seeing how Bulldog Nation comes together and continues to empower the mission and vision of the University.”

Donors can choose the people, programs and causes they want to support across the GWU campus. Some options include:

  • University Priority Fund, which supports the greatest needs of the University.
  • Annual Fund, which supports student scholarships.
  • School/College Priority Fund, which provides the dean with the ability to respond quickly to emerging opportunities, transform the student experience and strengthen operational capacity.
  • The University’s 22 athletic teams.

In addition to making a gift, individuals can sign up to be a Social Media Ambassadors (also known as advocates this year). Social Media Ambassadors/Advocates share their love for Gardner-Webb on all of their social media channels. Register here by March 27 to be an ambassador and receive an ambassador kit in the mail. By using #DoubleDawgDay, individuals can show their support and promote the day of giving.

Adding to the excitement, several challenges are sure to spark some friendly competition on the Leaderboards. Donors can participate in several contests to support their graduating class or favorite sports team, college, school, academic program or department.

Leaderboards and Challenges

The Gardner-Webb wrestling team celebrates receiving the first gift on Double Dawg Day in 2023.
  • First Gift Challenge – The winner is the first one to make a gift at midnight.
  • 50 States Challenge – We’re asking Runnin’ Bulldogs in every state to contribute.
  • Academic Leaderboard – The academic program that raises the most.
  • Athletic Leaderboard – The athletic program that collects the most.
  • Class Participation Leaderboard – The graduating class that donates the most.

With each donation, donors can take advantage of matching opportunities that could double the impact of their giving. These matching donations are made possible thanks to the generosity of other donors. Faculty and staff also have the convenient option of donating through payroll deduction.

For more information about #DoubleDawgDay, click here.

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