Calvert County Times December 07, 2017 - Page 9

The Calvert County Times Thursday, December 7, 2017 Education 9 CSM Has Record-Breaking #GivingTuesday CSM Foundation Chair Nancy Hempstead, right, visits with a recipient of Hempstead Family Scholar- ship, Ashley Stinnett, at the Prince Frederick Campus on #GivingTuesday, Nov. 28. The generosity that is a hallmark of this community helped the College of Sou thern Maryland Foundation raise nearly $120,000 for student scholarships and pro- grams on #GivingTuesday, Nov. 28. “What’s especially gratifying about this year’s Giving Tuesday is the overwhelming support for the college ex- pressed both by the community and by the college’s staff and faculty,” said CSM President Dr. Maureen Murphy. “We are so grateful to all who gave on Giving Tuesday and to those who have given in the past. These gifts help our students achieve their dreams.” During the 24-hour on- line event, 366 donors gave $119,673 in the spirit of #GivingTuesday, an in- ternational day focused on philanthropy and giving to others that follows Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Mon- day. The college had hoped to see at least 300 unique donors during this year’s event. That goal was sur- passed, and the donations which ranged from just a few dollars to the Salta family’s $15,000 matching donation added up to more than a 70 percent increase over last year’s giving. Last year, the CSM Foundation raised $70,177 through 271 unique donors through the online event. On #GivingTuesday, representatives from student gov- ernment and scholarship recipients staffed “thank-you stations” at three of the CSM campuses — in La Plata, Leonardtown and Prince Frederick. The students helped donors, answered questions, composed thank-you cards and gave out candy, doughnuts and coffee. Camille DeJesus, 19, of Bryans Road, treasurer for La Plata’s Student Association, was stationed at the La Plata Campus, where she sat in front of her laptop, repetitively refreshing the screen to watch the donation page as the TAYLOR GAS COMPANY is your source for vented and vent free FIREPLACE SALES & SERVIC Stop by our showroom or call us for a FREE in-home estimate! 21434 Great Mills Rd. Lexington Park MD 20653 (301) 862-1000 or l-855-764-(4GAS) 4427 number of donors and the amount of donations grew with each click. “It’s really fun to see,” she said, as she observed the general scholarship fund was a popular designation for donors, as well as STEM programs, and many faculty members were giving in response to the college presi- dent’s challenge. Murphy had made an initial gift of $1,000 and then challenged all employees to join her in making an impact, saying she would donate $1 above and beyond her gift for every CSM employee who participat- ed on Nov. 28. Altogether, 115 CSM employees partici- pated in the challenge. DeJesus also donated to a variety of scholarship funds during the event. “As a scholarship recipient myself, I wanted to return the kindness given to me back to schol- arships for other students,” she said. “Even if I did not do- nate a lot of money, I wanted to at least give something to show how thankful I am for having so many scholarship opportunities here … I appreciate the great effort that the CSM Foundation puts forward for the students.” At the Leonardtown Campus, members of the student association had voted to help with the #GivingTuesday event. Carly Pollock, 20, of Leonardtown, president of the Leonardtown Campus student government, said it was an easy vote. “We decided we want to give back,” she said, adding that many students rely on scholarship assistance and student government wanted to be advocates for those students. To view a gallery of photos from #GivingTuesday, visit To donate any time to scholarship funds at CSM, visit https://foundation. From CSM