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The Great Give 2015

March 4, 2015

The Great Give 2015


24-hour online giving campaign in support of TLU



Great Give 2015 Goals & Challenges

This year, The Great Give is focused on participation. We're setting the goal high in hopes that 1,000 people will donate during the 24-hour period. We ask that gifts are at least $10 or more so we can really make an impact in the lives of your students, faculty, staff, campus and community.

Pie in the Face Challenge

Due to the popularity of the Pie in the Face Challenge during Great Give 2014, we're doing it again for 2015. Here are the challengers:

Mayor Don Keil - 100 Seguin residents

Rick Roberts, TLU VP of Development & Alumni Relations - 70 full-time TLU employees

Tom Oliver, TLU VP of Enrollment Services - 100% participation from admissions & financial aid staff

Andrew Nelson, TLU VP for Finance and Administration - 25 employees in his division

Dr. John McClusky, Associate VP for Academic Affairs - 30 faculty members

Derrick Collins, Director of Annual Giving - 1,000 total donors during the campaign

Taylor Carleton, Director of Alumni Relations - 500 Bulldog alumni

Want to see Pie in the Face challengers getting creamed? Check your Twitter feed for #TLUGreatGive.


Student Participation

  • A group or individual representing a student organization can make a presentation in the ASC all throughout The Great Give in order to get donations to count towards their group total.

The Student Group by size will win $50 each based on how much the group donates.
1. Small size group (between 1 and 15 members)
2. Medium size group (between 16 and 34 members)
3. Large size group (35+ members)

  • The student group what promotes The Great Give via Twitter or Instagram the most during the day will win $50. In order to track this, the tweet must include #TLUGreatGive and a hashtag for the group's name. 
  • May 2015 graduates who make a gift during The Great Give can have it go towards the Senior Class Gift Scholarship.
  • A wrap-up event will begin at 8 p.m. in the ASC for all students. There will be fun entertainment with Play Date, free food and beverages and giveaways for anyone who attends.



Show Your Support

Let everyone know that you support TLU and The Great Give by posting some flare.

Download the "I Support" flare button.

Download the "I Gave" flare button.


About Great Give

Mark your calendars for The Great Give! Texas Lutheran University will launch its virtual giving campaign starting at midnight on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. The Great Give is a 24-hour online giving campaign that will involve the entire campus and community in supporting TLU. The Great Give is an opportunity for TLU alumni, friends, students, faculty, staff and Seguin community to show support for this great university.

The Great Give was created to support all programs, students, faculty, and staff through The Texas Lutheran Fund. However, all gifts, regardless of designation will count toward participation in this campaign. Gifts of any size are welcome and will be accepted online at on March 4. Students, alumni, faculty, staff, parents, friends of Texas Lutheran University and the Seguin community are encouraged to participate.

Using social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as an event website, ensures that The Great Give has a strong web presence and allows the university community to spread the word and encourages others to participate. A virtual event means that there is not a single location, but virtually unlimited places from which to participate. You will be able to track the progress of the campaign via twitter @TXLutheranFund, #tlugreatgive. We will also send updates on dollars raised and the number of donors who have participated throughout the 24-hour period. “Whether it is Facebook, Twitter or another form of social media, many within the TLU community are tied to the university through an online network,” said Taylor Carleton, director of alumni relations.

While an online giving campaign is new to TLU, it is an idea that has gained momentum in philanthropic communities in Minnesota, Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Florida. “We want this campaign to be a fun and exciting way for the TLU and Seguin community to get involved in philanthropy, and we want to highlight the importance of philanthropic support and what it can do for TLU and the students that we serve,” said Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations Rick Roberts.

Giving online is fast, easy, and secure. Online giving helps by cutting down on paper and postage costs, which saves the university valuable resources and allows us to put your gifts to work in a more effective and productive manner.

“I encourage the entire TLU community to join in The Great Give,” said President Stuart Dorsey. “Over the course of 24 hours, everyone—students, faculty, staff and alumni—has the opportunity to impact this university by making an online gift.”

Great Give 2014

The Great Give 2014 was a huge success as we raised a grand total of $63,062.61, exceeding the 2013 total. It was a big year for The Great Give with several interactive challenges and participation. In addition to challenge gifts, several groups jumped on the opportunity to challenge members to earn throwing a pie in someone's face. Departments and academic programs met challenges, but perhaps the biggest was the pie in the face to Seguin Mayor Don Keil.

In addition to gifts, donors showed their support by on social media by updating profile images and spreading the word about #tlugreatgive.

Great Give 2013

Texas Lutheran University thanks all of its supporters for making our first ever online giving campaign a success. After 24 hours of tweeting, posting and gathering, we not only reached our goal, we exceeded it!

In its inaugural year, The Great Give brought in a grand total of $52,218.31, surpassing its goal of $50,000. With an average gift of $136.51, 236 donors were able to contribute to The Texas Lutheran Fund (TTLF) and various programs across campus. The largest amount of donations went towards the Annual Scholarship Fund, allowing more students to be recognized for their academic excellence. The generous donation of two $10,000 challenge gifts from the TLU Board of Regents provided a strong foundation for giving. Robin Melvin, Chair of the TLU Board of Regents, and board member Susan Evers both pledged to match $10,000 each during the March 1, 2013 event.

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