Five years and over $500,000 in donations later, Upper Iowa University (UIU) is eager to open Giving Day 2022 at 12 a.m. Thursday, February 10. All alumni, faculty, staff, current and future students, and friends of UIU are encouraged to share their love for the University during this Valentine’s season.

During 48 hours of Peacock power, Thursday – Friday, UIU will be sharing real-life Peacock “love connections,” student success stories, and how previous Giving Day contributions have made a meaningful impact to the future of UIU and its students.

“Giving Day acknowledges the importance of supporting our future UIU students so they may share in even more academic opportunities and successful career outcomes that our current and past UIU students have experienced,” said Andrew Wenthe, UIU vice-president of external affairs. “Whether an individual is able to donate $5 or $5,000 through Giving Day, the collective power of the Peacock family significantly impacts the future of UIU.”

The 2021 day of giving at UIU resulted in over 600 generous supporters contributing approximately $145,000. The successful celebration continued throughout the following weekend with an additional $2,341 in donations.

“With each successful Giving Day campaign, we become even more appreciative of not only those who donate funds, but also the entire community for exhibiting its ongoing support for UIU,” Wenthe added. “It’s this community partnership that ensures the continued success of the University for generations to come.”

With events scheduled for all to enjoy, the 2022 Giving Day goal is $100,000. Early bird gifts are welcomed and encouraged. All donors will be recognized on the Giving Day webpage when the event goes live.

Show your “love” for UIU by wearing pink or red to kick off Giving Day on Thursday, February 10. Be sure to share a selfie by using the hashtag #UIUGivingDay. Stop by and celebrate with fellow Peacocks from 4-5 p.m. at the Alumni House at Fayette Campus. Guests may enjoy complimentary refreshments and snacks.

On Friday, wear your favorite UIU gear to show your school spirit and support of Giving Day. Share a photo with us using the hashtag #UIUGivingDay. Coffee and sweet treats will also be available at the Fayette Campus Student Center beginning at 7:30 a.m.

To follow the exciting progress or make a gift in 2022, visit the UIU Giving Day webpage at uiu.edu/givingday or stop by the Alumni House at Fayette Campus during the aforementioned events. Those individuals who have questions about Giving Day are invited to contact the UIU Alumni Office at [email protected] or 563-425-5388.