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University of South Dakota to Launch Unite for USD Fundraising Drive Feb. 12

Unite for USD logo USD hosts #UniteforUSD, a giving day event that runs from Feb. 12 at 9:57 a.m. to Feb. 13 at 5 p.m.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Unite for USD is part of the inauguration week activities recognizing President Sheila Gestring, the 18th president of USD. In recognition of 1862, the year USD was founded, the giving day will span for 1,862 minutes from Feb. 12 at 9:57 a.m. to Feb. 13 at 5 p.m.

With Unite for USD, the university joins a rising number of national universities using giving day events to engage with community members, donors and alumni and introduce them to high impact programs on campus in need of support.

USD, and volunteer social ambassadors, will encourage support during the two-day period on social media and on campus with unique challenges, donor match opportunities, and more. Individuals are also encouraged to tag #UniteforUSD on social media Feb. 12 and 13 and share why they’re ambassadors for USD.

“Unite for USD is an opportunity for the Coyote community to participate in the celebration as we prepare for the inauguration of our 18th president by making an impact on campus. Every gift matters, and there are areas all across campus to support so everyone can give to the area that matters most to them,” said Whitney Alexander, executive director of constituent engagement for the USD Foundation. “Every gift makes an impact, no matter the size, and contributes to building a culture of philanthropy on campus.”

Those who give to USD during the campaign can direct their gifts where they choose by visiting


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News