On April 28, Paris Junior College will join over 143 non-profit organizations throughout north and east Texas as part of East Texas Giving Day. Again this year, a generous anonymous donor has stepped up to match up the first $5,000 raised. Pre-scheduled gifts begin on Monday, April 6.
On April 28, from 6:00 am to midnight, PJC Alumni, former students, friends, businesses, and everyone with a passion for helping others to make a gift, large or small, at www.easttexasgivingday.com/pjc. It is to invest in the lives of our students, said Derald Bulls, PJC Director of Institution Advancement and Alumni Affairs. By logging in at this web address, your gift goes to PJC.
Gifts to the PJC Memorial Foundation will go to the most significant needs fund, college President Dr. Pam Anglin said. In challenging times like these, the basic needs of PJC students continue to grow, and we want to assist our students in reaching their goals.
In the past East Texas Giving Day campaigns, 23% were first-time donors. Gifts were received from 42 individuals, businesses, and foundations and ranged from $25 to over $1,200. At least 73% of donors were female, and 83% were 45 or older. Also, 98% of donors said they would participate in East Texas Giving Day again if asked. Organizations with matching gifts raised 64% more than those who did not, 57% accessed ETGD.org using a smartphone/android (up from 49% in 2018), and 55% learned about East Texas Giving Day through the non-profit to which they were donating.
Coordinated in the region by the East Texas Community Foundation, the 2019 campaign grossed $1.3 million for the non-profit agencies who took part. Paris Junior College finished as the No. 19 organization overall based on total funds raised (of 158 organizations). Also, there are several local non-profit organizations in Lamar County who will be conducting parallel campaigns for their causes.
Paris Junior College has set a 2020 Giving Day goal of $12,500 on April 28. Gifts are tax-deductible and may be made with a cell phone, iPad, desktop computer, laptop computer, or any device with internet accessibility at the website listed. If preferred, a doner may mail a check to Derald Bulls, PJC East Texas Giving Day, 2400 Clarksville Street, Paris, TX 75460-6258. Gifts from local donors, or cash gifts, may be made by contacting Bulls at 903-782-0276 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The college will use its social media channels to encourage East Texas Giving Day participation and is asking those who use social media to like, share, or forward messages to help spread the word or forward emails about the campaign to their friends.
Every gift makes a difference for our students and their ever-changing needs, Bulls said.