On October 20, 2021, UQ Alumni hosted their annual UQ Giving Day a day encouraging alumni, staff, students, community members, and everyone in between to donate to a variety of causes throughout UQ.
For many causes the big draw is that the university will match any donation made to the cause’s fund.
A standout performer of the fundraiser is UQ Sport’s Next Sporting Champions Fund, which spent most of the day towards the bottom of the ladder having raised $324.
That is until they received a $50,000 donation that when matched by the university pushed them to $100,324, giving them the eighth largest total donations from the fundraiser.
While some of the donors could choose to remain anonymous, UQ Sport’s $50,000 donor was none other than UQ Sport.
Yes that’s right, the biggest donor to UQ Sport’s Giving Day fund was in fact UQ Sport. Fantastic. Great move. Well done UQ Sport.
UQ Sport is one the biggest recipients of money raised from the Student Services and Amenities Fee, typically receiving more than $1 million in student money per year.
Raising more than $500,000, the UQ Diamantina Institute diabetes research fund was the top fund raiser for faculties and institutes and overall top fund raiser.
With more than $280,000 Kings College, was the top fundraiser for colleges, raising money for their Malcolm Whyte Bursary Fund which provides assistance to Kings College students experiencing financial hardship.
A total of $562,653 was raised by the six colleges participated in Giving Day.
While not the top fund raiser in the communities’ portfolio, the UQ South Pacific Islander Association raised more than $20,000 for their scholarship fund, which aims to relieve some of the financial burden on the UQ SPIA community.
With the scholarship fund UQ SPIA hopes to assist Pacific youth achieve and succeed at university.
In 2021, UQ Giving Day raised a total of $2,178,754 from 1,683 donations across 23 countries, including one donation of $100,037 to the Diamantina Institute’s diabetes research.