Monday, December 1, 2014

University of New Orleans Gears Up for Giving Tuesday

President Fos University of New Orleans President Peter J. Fos encourages the community to give generously to support academic programs and students at the state's only urban research university.

The University of New Orleans gears up for Giving Tuesday, with an appeal to alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends to help support the state's only urban research institution.

"So much of UNO's incredible success is made possible by our generous friends, who believe in our mission and stand by us and support us year after year," said President Peter J. Fos in a year-end philanthropic video appealspotlighting some of the University's greatest accomplishments in 2014.

"Please join me in giving generously to support our students and give them the resources they need to succeed."

Now in its third year, Giving Tuesday is an annual online campaign to raise money for charities and nonprofit organizations. Held the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Giving Tuesday is a movement to create a national day of giving to kick off the giving season. This year, Giving Tuesday falls on Dec. 2.

The nationwide philanthropic push was started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation as a response to commercialization and consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving season, according to news reports. Since then, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, have been followed by Giving Tuesday, a global effort to celebrate generosity and to give. 

With the help of the international recognized hashtag #GivingTuesday, the new tradition of generosity now annually goes viral on social media.

"We are very proud of our students. They continue to shine at national conferences and win awards for their research, productions and creativity, the president said in the video now making rounds online. "With the bar set high, we were able to recruit the most academically prepared freshmen class in our history. And thanks to generous and active donors and alumni, we're making sure that they get the academic resources and campus life that they need to excel and matriculate."

Thanks to a $300,000 gift from the Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation to establish service learning at UNO, said President Fos, highlighting the impact of generous giving. The funding will allow the University to combine classroom instruction and meaningful community service to strengthen overall academic experience and better equip future business and civic leaders, the president said, by example.

"UNO is a hotbed for innovative learning and instruction that impacts our everyday lives," said President Fos, highlighting new research and degree programs at UNO.

"Philanthropy is the backbone of the dynamic and challenging student experience that we create every day. Thank you for your continued support and here's to another great year."


Learn More, Give More

Giving Tuesday is Dec. 2 and University of New Orleans President Peter J. Fos encourages the community to give generously to support academic programs and students at "The Heartbeat of the Crescent City." 

See the video spotlighting some of the University's greatest achievements in 2014.

Every financial contribution makes a significant impact on the University of New Orleans, helping to ensure that accessible, high quality higher education will continue to increase opportunity in and beyond our region.

To make a gift today, visit