Columbia Journalism School


Giving Day Oct. 24, 2012

October 08, 2012

On Oct. 24, for 24 hours, the entire Columbia community will join together to celebrate and give back to the university, in a fundraising initiative entitled, “Giving Day.” The purpose of the daylong campaign is to support a wide breadth of world-changing initiatives, like scientific research, student scholarships, art programs, community organizations, athletics and more. 

The Development team at the J-School’s primary goal through Giving Day is to increase support for the annual fund, which accounts for almost 20 percent of the School’s annual scholarship budget and is fully expended every year.  On average, the J-School awards scholarships to 67 percent of students who apply for aid, with an average award of $15,603.

“This year we are celebrating 100 years of changing lives that change the world.  Our graduates have produced great journalism throughout the past century, covering every event of global significance,” said Siri Baker, assistant director of the annual fund. “Giving Day is a unique opportunity for the entire J-School community to join together in supporting the School’s continued excellence in journalism education.  Gifts to the Journalism School Alumni Annual Fund are essential to maintaining the outstanding quality and diversity of our student body, providing scholarships for students who will shape the future of the profession.”    

Those who are interested in Giving Day can keep up with the initiative’s lead-up, as well as live events, by following the #ColumbiaGivingDay thread on Twitter. To make a donation to a particular school or program of choice, visit on Oct. 24.


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