Ivy Tech Foundation invites community to join first Day of Giving on April 11, 2023

Last Updated on March 20, 2023 by Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Service Area

KOKOMO, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College has positioned countless healthcare professionals, manufacturing specialists, entrepreneurs, businesses leaders, and other leaders to thrive professionally and help drive Indiana’s economy for nearly 60 years, and the College’s campus in Kokomo has been an important part of that heritage. On April 11, alumni, friends of Ivy Tech, and all Hoosiers can help the College develop a new generation of leaders by contributing to Ivy Tech Day, the College’s first-ever Day of Giving.

Starting at midnight on April 11 – for 24 hours – people everywhere can support the College’s 19 campuses, including Ivy Tech Kokomo, and the 150,000 students in Indiana who are building brighter futures for themselves and for those around them. The goal is to reach 600 gifts in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the College.

“A day can mean everything, and April 11 will be an extraordinary day for Ivy Tech,” said Ivy Tech Foundation President Courtney Roberts. “We are creating a fun, memorable way to come together and show our collective passion for the College community.”

“The goal at Ivy Tech isn’t graduation day – it’s a better every day after,” she continued. “We are proud of the many ways the graduates of Ivy Tech contribute to our communities across Indiana, and our first Day of Giving is one more way we can come together for the good of our students and the future of our state.”

For Ivy Tech Kokomo, a day filled with all kinds of activities is planned, according to Kelly Karickhoff, executive director of Resource Development for the Ivy Tech Kokomo Service Area, which includes Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, Pulaski and Tipton counties.

“Our goals are to have at least 60 gifts in this 24-hour period and to raise $10,000 for scholarships and emergency support for the students in our service area,” Karickhoff said. “We plan to have a lot of fun as we encourage everyone to wear their Ivy Tech green, give joyfully and share the Ivy Tech story with others while encouraging them to donate to help our students.”

Ivy Tech Day is part of the Foundation’s five-year, $285 million campaign. Leading up to the Day of Giving, the Foundation will share stories of impact across the College with the community that capture how Ivy Tech is changing the lives of Hoosiers across the state. Participants can give to the College through the Ivy Tech Foundation – whether it’s $5 or $5,000 – starting at midnight on April 11 by visiting www.ivytech.edu/giveday .

Ivy Tech, founded on March 15, 1963, is the largest singly accredited community college in the U.S. and has been an indispensable lifeline to Indiana communities for nearly 60 years: eight of 10 people who graduate from Ivy Tech do so without student debt, and 93 percent of graduates stay in Indiana to work in industries that help drive the state’s economy. From the nation’s largest two-year nursing degree program to tens of thousands of alumni who are non-profit leaders, manufacturing technicians, and small business owners, the College shapes and positions talented leaders who contribute to the state’s thriving ecosystem.

Ivy Tech contributes $3.9 billion annually to Indiana’s economy – including a net impact of $3.6 billion from alumni alone. Ivy Tech awards more than 20,000 degrees and certificates each year.

“Everyone at Ivy Tech is proud of how our graduates have contributed to communities across the state, and we are equally excited about the possibilities ahead,” Roberts said. “We live in an evolving environment that requires us to quickly fill gaps in industries everywhere. Our community of alumni, students, faculty, and partners collectively make it happen.”

SOURCE: News release from Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Service Area

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