Published on August 14, 2020 by Rochelle Harrison  

Thanks to the passionate response of the Samford community, the 2020 Big Give was a tremendous success. Hosted August 11-12, the Big Give helped “Bring Back the Bulldogs” by supporting the essentials needed to aid students as they plan to resume on-campus, in-person classes.

With the participation of alumni, faculty, staff, parents and friends, the all-digital campaign surpassed its original goal, ending with $234,821 raised by 1,067 donors. The funds will support a wide range of ongoing student necessities including the Excellence Fund for Diversity and Intercultural Initiatives, student emergency assistance, need-based scholarships.

“I am always encouraged by the positive attitude and cheerfulness that Samford people exhibit when they give generously,” said Randy Pittman, vice president of university advancement. “The 2020 Big Give was one more example of our alumni, staff, students and friends rising to the occasion and meeting student needs.”

Although the look and feel of this year’s event was different from previous years, the 2020 Big Give proved to be an integral way for Samford supporters to empathize with the ongoing needs of Samford students and ensure the success of their education. 

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. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 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 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.