To say it was a success, is putting it mildly.
Last week, Bama Blitz, a University of Alabama-sponsored fundraising drive, raised more than $2 million. That amount was achieved through 1,564 gifts which were given by 1,477 donors during the crowdfunded, social-media-driven campaign.
The goal of the event, according to the university, was to promote the act of giving and also to showcase unique and important projects that are underfunded.
“We are a united community at The University of Alabama,” said President Stuart R. Bell. “UA faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends consistently support our mission and generously donate to projects that amplify the Alabama experience.”
Bryant Bank, which has a substantial amount of influence on campus, also played a large role in the event, matching gifts that were given for campus projects up to $50,000.
“At Bryant Bank, we believe that investing in education is investing in the future of our communities,” said Claude Edwards, president of Bryant Bank. “We are proud to support The University of Alabama and its commitment to providing students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed. Through this donation, we hope to empower the next generation of leaders and we encourage everyone to join us in this endeavor.
“Together, we can build a brighter tomorrow for our communities and beyond.”
Bryant Bank has matched $200,000 through its support of three annual giving campaigns.
The university’s faculty and staff giving campaign, We Are UA, wrapped up April 20 in conjunction with Bama Blitz. Of the gifts made during Bama Blitz, 95% were $500 or less, highlighting the role small gifts played during the drive, officials said.
Some of the projects that surpassed their fundraising goals include:
- Bringing communications students to cities such as Los Angeles, New York City, Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Nashville to network with industry insiders and explore job opportunities in leading markets.
- Helping engineering students build better concrete canoes, allowing them to compete at a higher level in national competitions.
- Connecting UA students with Tuscaloosa elementary students through Al’s Pals, a mentorship program equipping UA students with leadership skills while inspiring the city’s youngest scholars with a love of learning.
The next Bama Blitz will be in spring 2024.
Austen Shipley is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News.