Power of One Day

Power of One Day
Yasmeen Wanees ’15. Photo by Charles Barry

“I’m fascinated by how people can make change happen on a global level,” says Yasmeen Wanees ’15. “What I’ve learned at SCU is that people are not isolated but, rather, interconnected.” Wanees is studying political science, minoring in anthropology as well as Arabic, Islam, and Middle Eastern Studies. Let’s talk about the interconnectedness she mentioned. And about folks whose lives have been touched by this place coming together on April 23—“All in for SCU” Day—the first one-day giving challenge for Santa Clara University. The goal was 1,001 donors in 24 hours, which would secure a $100,000 challenge grant from Julie Robson ’83 and Mark Robson ’84. There were that many gifts by lunch. So an anonymous grad of the Class of ’69 posted another $100,000 challenge for the next thousand givers. By day’s end, nearly 3,000 people donated some $800,000 to support what makes SCU special to them—from students scholarships to loved ones professors who changed their lives, even this magazine. That feeds and waters a lot of stories that will sprout in this blessed place for years to come. Thank you.

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