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Giving Day


2/2 for SVSU logo

February 2, 2023

Your oppor2nity to help Cardinals in need!

Many of our students come to SVSU with little or no financial safety net. This 2/2 for SVSU, you can help students through an unforeseen emergency, food insecurity, or upcoming interview by supporting these resources:  

  • Student Emergency Fund – Financial assistance for unexpected emergencies such as a car repair, housing crisis, serious illness, or family member's death 
  • Cardinal Food PantryPersonal care items and healthy food to combat the harmful academic, physical, and mental health impacts of food insecurity. 
  • Cardinal ClosetGently used professional clothing and styling advice to help students feel confident and prepared to make a great first impression.   

Grand Total

*total includes gifts to other donor designations

Student Emergency Fund

Frustrated Student

“I was panicked. I had done everything right. How could this have happened?” 

Ivy Braden, ’18, student emergency funds recipient 

Personal emergencies are associated with higher stress and lower academic performance and are among the top 10 reasons students drop out of college. The Student Emergency Fund assists students dealing with unexpected emergency expenses of a short-term nature. If the trend continues, requests for help will be double last year’s. Your gift will help us meet the ever-increasing number of student requests.

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Student Emergency Fund Total

Cardinal Food Pantry

Cardinal Food Pantry Stocking Shelves

“Food insecurity impacts every aspect of a person’s life.” 

Marie Whitehead, Cardinal Food Pantry intern  

In 2022, the Cardinal Pantry distributed over 3100 pounds of food! 41% of four-year college students report experiencing food insecurity. And food-insecure students are half as likely to graduate as their peers.  

Despite donations, food drives, and food bank deliveries, it’s not enough. Your gift will help the Pantry purchase hard-to-obtain items such as perishables, foods for dietary restrictions, ethnic foods, and personal care items. 

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Food Pantry Total

Cardinal Closet

Studnets Looking at clothes in cardinal closet

“We want everybody to have an equal opportunity to look their best.”  

Mikayla Wrobel, Cardinal Closet manager 

The Cardinal Closet eases that burden for students by offering free, gently worn professional clothing. Since opening last September, the Cardinal Closet has had 300 visits from students. 

Appropriate, well-fitting clothing boosts students’ confidence ― a game changer when they have under 90 seconds to make a good first impression. Your gift will allow the Closet to purchase needed items and sizes so that all students have an equal opportunity to shine. 

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Closet Total

Looking for ways to maximize the impact of your gift?

During 2/2 for SVSU, gifts of all types (one-time, recurring, or SVSU employee payroll deduction) and designations can qualify for match funds and unlocking challenges.

Matching Gift Announcements

Covenant Healthcare

Student Emergency Fund

Covenant Healthcare will generously match, dollar for dollar, gifts to the Student Emergency Fund up to a total of $3000.


Foundation Board


SVSU Foundation Board members will generously match, dollar for dollar, gifts made to any purpose during 2/2 for SVSU, up to a total of $10,025.


Vicki '83 and Brock '85 Rupp

Gifts from New Donors

Generous alumni Vicki '83 and Brock '85 Rupp will match, dollar for dollar, gifts of at least $10 from new donors up to a total of $2000.

Matches made:

Unlocking Challenges

Isabella Bank


Thanks to the generosity of Isabella Bank, an additional gift of $2500 will be unlocked when the campaign total reaches $7500. Help us turn $7500 into $10000!


Beth '89 and Chris Charlton

Cardinal Food Pantry

Thanks to the generosity of Covenant Healthcare CEO and nursing alumna, Beth Charlton '89 and spouse, Chris, an additional $1500 will be unlocked to fight food insecurity when the Food Pantry total reaches $2500.



Foundation / General Counsel Staff

$1500 - Cardinal Closet

The first 15 donors giving $100 to any purpose beginning at noon on February 2nd will unlock an additional $1500 for the Cardinal Closet. This unlocking challenge is funded through the generosity of the SVSU Foundation and General Counsel Staff.



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