When it came to giving from the heart, the Brown community had it in spades during this year's Giving Tuesday. More than 4,000 alumni, parents, families, and friends came out in support of today's Brown students. Together they raised more than $4 million—making it one of our biggest giving days on record—with a majority of gifts directed toward financial aid.
Financial aid has long been one of the biggest and most critical priorities for the Brown Annual Fund. The dollars raised on giving days—like Giving Tuesday—have helped meet the needs of countless students who otherwise would not be able to afford to come to Brown.
This year, that need has been even more pronounced as the coronavirus pandemic has had a dramatic economic effect on many Brown students and their families. Brown anticipates the need for financial aid to increase by up to 15% this year as more and more families seek assistance in funding their children's education.
“This year, the Brown community has proven its strength like never before. Together, we’ve demonstrated what it means to put our shared values into action,” says Pamela Reeves ’87, P’22, Brown Annual Fund co-chair. “The outpouring of support we saw on Giving Tuesday is emblematic of what our Annual Fund supporters have been doing all year long: answering the call and helping our students when they need it most.”