Gettysburgives Challenge attracts 3,255 donors in support of our student experience

We rose to the Challenge! During the College’s sixth annual Gettysburgives Challenge on February 12-13, donations poured in from every corner of the globe—all in support of Gettysburg students and the exceptional education we offer.

Our Challenge sponsors were generous

This year, the College set an ambitious goal of obtaining 2,623 gifts—one on behalf of every Gettysburg student. In support of this target, we received more than $151,500 in funds from our generous Challenge sponsors: Barry ’65 and Barbara Wenger ’65 Shaw; Dave ’65 and Claudia ’66 Radin; Bob Parker ’84; P. Robert ’90 and Kimberly Moran ’90 Barnett; Lauren Alizio ’16; Helena and Charlie Rosenberg P’18; Greg and Marcy Rost P’20; Joe and Lauren Rieger ’21; and our Parents Leadership Council.

We exceeded our goal

We are proud to announce that we have once again exceeded our fundraising goals, earning gifts from 3,255 donors, totaling $651,336 in new gifts and commitments. Add in the $151,500 from our loyal alumni and parent sponsors, and we raised a grand total of $802,836 from 3,255 donors in only 36 hours!

Special mentions

A special congratulations to Women’s Golf for highest participation, and Women’s Soccer for most improved participation, through our competitive Bullets Teams Challenge. For our Student and Family Challenge, our Class of 2023 broke away from the pack.

Thanks for your support

Your gift—no matter the amount—creates new opportunities for today’s students and strengthens Gettysburg College for future generations. Thank you to all who helped to make our biggest fundraising event of the year such a tremendous success!

Gettysburgives facts

Some Gettysburgives 2020 statistics from Challenge headquarters:

  • Donors from 46 states made gifts
  • 492 donors made their first gift to the College
  • Our most punctual donors were Susan ’83 and Bill ’83 Pyron clocking their gift at 9 a.m. on the dot!
  • Donors from every class year between 1952 and 2023 made a gift
  • The gift that made the longest trip to Gettysburg is from Beijing, China
  • We closed out the Challenge with a gift from Class of 2022 parents