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The Great Give 2016

March 3, 2016

The Great Give 2016


24-hour online giving campaign in support of TLU



Great Give 2016 Goals & Challenges

This year, The Great Give is focused on alumni participation. We're asking our alumni to step up to the challenge with 500 participants 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 students, faculty, staff, campus and community. 

There will be a Pizza Party Power Hour in the ASC for students to help participate in Texas Lutheran's philanthropic campaign. We also have some matching gifts we will receive if we meet our goals in time.

  • 100 alumni donors by 10 a.m. and Susan (`74) and Allen Evers will give a $5,000 gift
  • 300 alumni donors by 1 p.m. and Board of Regent Bob and wife Karin Oliver will give a $10,000 gift
  • 400 alumni donors by 4 p.m. 
  • 500 alumni donors by midnight

The new Park Plaza Hotel and Chop House are donating 5% of the sales from the Chop House restaurant back to TLU for The Great Give. So, if you're looking for a tasty place to grab a meal and also help support a great cause, check out the  Chop House at the Park Plaza Hotel.   


From Our Students & Alumni

Verne Lundquist is taking time out of his busy schedule to encourage everyone to give back for #TLUGreatGive. Check out his video.

TLU's Society of Physics students has been receiving national recognition, but they also wanted to recognize the difference your participation makes during The Great Give. Check out their thank you video.

The Betas are getting in on #TLUGreatGive and want to say we can't do it without you! Check out the Betas' video.

Your Texas Lutheran Alumni Associate Board of Directors got together to let you know they support #TLUGreatGive. Check out their video.

Show Your Support

Let everyone know that you support TLU and The Great Give by posting some flare for your social media accounts.

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 Thursday, March 3, 2016. 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 3. 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, executive director of annual giving and alumni engagement.

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 2015

The Great Give 2015 focused on participation and the efforts paid off. Compared to 2014, total donations were up over 65% and the number of donors increased by over 100. Those impressive numbers meant several pies went flying for our Pie in the Face Challenge.

The numbers

  • Over $100,000 raised
  • Over 600 donors
  • 76 faculty and staff participated
  • 73 Students, of whom 21 were graduating seniors
  • Top three classes — 2012, 1977 and 1971
  • Top two majors — Business Administration and Accounting
  • 127 donors from Seguin
  • 108 new donors

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.

March 3, 2016 12:00 AM Central The Great Give 2016

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