Day of Giving Community Challenge Raises Funds for Two Non-profits

River City Development and Morning Rotary

Elizabeth City State University’s first-ever Day of Giving is paying dividends out in the community.

The event, held this past June, sought to raise $150,000 from 3,000 people in 24-hours. As a part of the fundraising event, community organizations were challenged to do their part, and those that raised the most money received donations to help with projects of their choice.

The Elizabeth City Morning Rotary Club, the Elizabeth City Rotary Club, River City Community Development Corp., and Elizabeth City Downtown, Inc., all participated in the Community Challenge. The top two fundraisers were the Elizabeth City Morning Rotary earning $5,000, and River City CDC earning $2,000.

A check for $2,000 was presented to River City CDC Tuesday, Aug. 8. Like the Morning Rotary Club, River City will use the funds for a project of its choice.

The total amount raised during the Day of Giving was $129,530. According to Dr. John Michael Lee, Jr., the vice chancellor for university advancement, it was a good start for a first-time event. Aside from raising funds, the campaign was a way to raise awareness and excitement about ECSU, as well as connect with the greater Elizabeth City community.

The community challenge was a way for ECSU to give back to the community while increasing community participation in the university, and university participation in the community.

Overall, the first-ever Day of Giving was a big success.