TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — University of Alabama officials have announced that the inaugural Bama Blitz raised more than $1.8 million in gifts from 1,810 supporters.
Bama Blitz has a primary focus on building support for a series of unique and impactful projects that might otherwise go without funding. Donors from 48 states pledged $1,810,269 to areas across the campus, capping one day, eight hours and 31 minutes of giving – a timeframe that celebrated UA’s founding year, 1831.
Bama Blitz, which began at noon April 11 and ended at 8:31 p.m. April 12, was powered by a robust crowdfunding and social media strategy that showcased fundraising “challenges” between colleges and schools and charted their gifts on a real-time leaderboard.
“We are thrilled with the incredible success of the inaugural Bama Blitz,” said Bob Pierce, vice president for advancement. “This type of time-limited, focused fundraising initiative has become very popular in the world of higher education, and we are glad to have our own version off the ground at the Capstone.
“Bama Blitz is expected to become yet another honored tradition at Alabama, and we know that this early success will only grow stronger in the future. We are grateful for every donor who participated in this exciting and productive fundraising event.”
Managed by the Office of Annual Giving, the campaign saw a significant boost thanks to volunteers who served as ambassadors. One college that benefitted from ambassador support was the College of Communication and Information Sciences. Of the top five ambassadors, three of them were from C&IS, including the College’s dean, Dr. Mark Nelson.
“Bama Blitz was an outstanding fundraising initiative and illustrates the power of connecting with our alumni and supporters all throughout the year,” Nelson said.
Of the 1,810 gifts received during Bama Blitz, 98 percent were $500 or less, proving the impact a large number of small gifts can make.
Some of the more substantial gifts that contributed to the campaign’s success include:
- A commitment of $500,000 from the Frances and Jeffrey Fisher Charitable Foundation to support the construction of the new Performing Arts Academic Center
- A matching gift commitment of $20,000 from Denise and Phil Webb, of Anniston, in support of the Crimson Tide Scholarship Fund
- A matching gift commitment of up to $15,000 from the UA Library Leadership Board in support of University Libraries
- A significant contribution from Jack and Betty Moore, of Memphis, Tennessee, to enhance the Elizabeth W. Moore & Jackson W. Moore Endowed Scholarship
“The greatest success of Bama Blitz are the students who will be impacted through the incredible amount of donations from the UA family,” said Mary Lawhorn, director of annual giving.
UA will conduct the next Bama Blitz in April 2019.
The University of Alabama, the state’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity.