Published on June 18, 2014 by William Nunnelley  

A total of 276 donors gave $42,746 to Samford University during this year's concentrated two-day online fundraising effort known as The Big Give June 12-13.  The total dollars raised was 253 percent higher and the number of donors 28 percent higher than in last year's inaugural Big Give.

"It was exciting to see how many alumni, parents, friends, faculty and staff wanted to help each project come to fruition," said Kimberly Cripps, Samford's director of annual giving.  "In fact, one donor from the 1970's contributed to the Beeson Commons renovation primarily because he lived in that space when it was the former men's dormitory known as Crawford Johnson Hall."                 

Donors exceeded goals in six projects that were part of the Big Give--the Beeson Commons renovation, Brock School of Business Building, Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing clinical skills lab, James B. Angel Scholarship Fund, McWhorter School of Pharmacy fund for students to attend professional meetings and University Fellows Student Emergency Assistance Fund.

Donors also gave to such projects as a program for summer research scholarships, a fund to provide Birmingham Museum of Arts memberships for students, nutrition and dietetics scholarships, Samford's Shoe a Nation project in Dominica, international travel opportunities for education students and book scholarships for law students.

Cripps encouraged alumni who have not yet given this year to do so by the end of the fiscal year June 30.  "Every gift matters, regardless of the amount," she said.  To make a gift, please go to




Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.