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Record-Breaking Generosity: Western Challenge Day of Giving Raises $432,198 for WIU

April 30, 2024

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MACOMB/MOLINE, IL - The Western Challenge Day of Giving, held on April 24, was a testament to the unwavering dedication of Western Illinois University's donor community. On Purple and Gold Day, 1,165 donors across all 50 states united in generosity to raise a record-breaking $432,198. This remarkable achievement speaks volumes about Leatherneck Nation's commitment to advancing WIU.

This year's event also saw an unprecedented amount of match and challenge funds pledged, exceeding $135,000, significantly contributing to its success. The overwhelming support during the Western Challenge marks a significant milestone for WIU, setting a new standard for philanthropic impact within Leatherneck Nation.

"Today and every day, our donors demonstrate the influence of philanthropy on Western's growth and the transformative opportunities it provides for our students," Clare Thompson, vice president for Advancement, Alumni Relations, and Athletics said. "We are beyond grateful for their support, which allows us to build a brighter future for Western and all who call it home."

"With so many exciting developments underway at Western Illinois University, from the construction of the Center for Performing Arts to plans for a new Financial and Commodities Trading Lab on our Macomb campus and advancements like the Bilingual Early Learning Center and renovated Chemistry lab on our WIU Quad Cities Campus, our donors have truly elevated this year's Day of Giving to be 'The Next Big Thing' for our University and our students," Tim Hallinan, director of Annual Giving said.

The Western Challenge, a pivotal annual tradition since 2016, plays a significant role in Western's fundraising efforts, supporting the WIU Foundation's Annual Fund campaign. This year's contributions will support various campus initiatives, including academics, athletics, campus improvements, student retention initiatives, student life enhancements and scholarship opportunities.

For those inspired to make a difference or learn more about the impact their generosity can have, visit, email, or contact the WIU Foundation at (309) 298-1861.

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