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Arcadia University keeps its alumni community UKnighted with its annual Giving Tuesday

Find out about their Giving Day with a twist, plus tips for running an alumni reunion weekend

Arcadia University, located in Pennsylvania, United States, is a top-ranked private university that has been shaping minds and fostering innovation since its founding in 1853. With an annual enrollment of approximately 4,000 students, Arcadia has built a strong alumni community that spans across the globe. As active contributors to the university’s legacy, Arcadia alumni stay connected and give back, helping to ensure that future generations of students have access to the same transformative educational experience.

ToucanTech powers Arcadia's 8th Annual UKnightedTuesday: A unique philanthropic event

Each year Arcadia's alumni community comes together to give back to their alma mater through various philanthropic initiatives. One highlight is the university’s annual UKnightedTuesday, a day of giving that has been growing in popularity and impact each year. Coinciding with the global Giving Tuesday initiative, the day brought together alumni, faculty, staff, parents and friends in a powerful display of collective support for the university’s current and future students. The 8th edition of UKnighted Tuesday, powered by ToucanTech’s innovative Giving Day software, was a remarkable success for Arcadia University. The dedication and generosity of more than 585 donors from the Arcadia community resulted in an impressive $510,066 raised.  Through their unwavering commitment to philanthropy, donors played a critical role in funding key university-wide initiatives, including the Undergraduate Research, Athletics, and Student Success programmes.

A Day of Giving with a twist: 1853 minutes

Arcadia University, founded in 1853 as Beaver Female Seminary, decided to pay homage to its rich heritage by extending the traditional 24-hour day of giving by an additional six hours and 53 minutes - a nod to its founding year. Arcadia alumni were able to participate in various UKnightedTuesday challenges, such as the First Time Donors, Young Alumni, and Reunion challenges.

An alumni reunion to remember

An annual reminder of Arcadia’s commitment to their alumni community is their reunion weekend, a 2 day event bringing together some of their 35,000 strong alumni network.  Hosted on their campus, this is a great opportunity for alumni to take part in networking and careers talks, as well as reminiscing and building a strong, lasting bond with their alma mater.  

ToucanTech's impact on Arcadia's community goes beyond just powering Arcadia’s giving days. In fact, ToucanTech’s innovative software has also supported Arcadia's fundraising database and events programme. Having made the switch from Raiser’s Edge, the university has been able to streamline its event planning process, improve engagement with donors, and make data-driven decisions to enhance fundraising efforts. Find out more by chatting to one of our product specialists. 

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