The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is encouraging friends of the university, employees, alumni, students, and the community to come together to make a difference at UA Little Rock on Tuesday, March 29, the university’s fourth annual Giving Day celebration.
Donations to Giving Day 2022 will focus on student scholarships, student support, and enhancements to the learning and living environment.
“Approximately 68 percent of UA Little Rock students work while going to college,” said Christian O’Neal, vice chancellor for university advancement. “Whether your gift is to the General Scholarship Fund or the other areas that are supported by Giving Day, we want our donors to know that we see firsthand how much of an impact these gifts have on our students.”
Another important philanthropic option is the Student Support Fund, which provides funds for UA Little Rock students to meet basic needs like food, gas, rent, and medical expenses in extreme circumstances and emergencies.
“The little things are often the big things when you’re a college student,” said Kristi Smith, senior director of alumni and development. “There are times when food, gas, rent, and other items just aren’t affordable. Many of our students face food insecurity, and more than 40 percent are at risk of becoming homeless. When you lend a college student a hand, you help them stay on track with life and their education.”
Your gifts can also help enhance students’ living and learning spaces on campus. Donations to the Beautification Fund will help UA Little Rock maintain a beautiful and environmentally responsible campus for everyone who learns, works, and visits the university.
UA Little Rock will celebrate the success of Giving Day 2022 with the return of Taste of Little Rock. The popular culinary and social event will take place from 6-8 p.m. March 29 in the Jack Stephens Center, featuring culinary treats and specialties from dozens of local restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops, and food trucks. Proceeds from ticket sales directly benefit general student scholarships that are provided through the UA Little Rock Alumni Association.
To donate on Giving Day, visit givingday.ualr.edu. Those interested in learning more about how to make a larger investment in these areas by contributing to an existing endowment or establishing their own should contact Kristi Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 501-916-6435