Torero Tuesday Giving is a Record-Setting Success

The University of San Diego received a wonderful gift this week — actually more than 800 gifts — when it was revealed that the Torero Tuesday 2018 campaign on Nov. 27 earned the institution its highest-ever donation total since the concept started in 2015.

Torero Tuesday 2018 raised over $335,000 to provide critical financial support for USD students.

"Torero Nation came together to paint the day blue and show their Torero pride," said Philip Garland, senior director of annual giving and stewardship. "From coast to coast and around the world, over 800 alumni, parents and friends contributed over $300,000 to support our students and programs. Thank you!"

The total number of donors and the total amount raised are both records for a single year. Also, in the four years Torero Tuesday has occurred, the cumulative total is nearly at $1 million.

While giving to the university to support students is the No. 1 priority, there was an additional incentive available for every donation of at least $55. Donors who gave the designated amount will receive a special, limited-edition Torero spirit flag. According to Garland, spirit flags will be mailed out to donors starting the first week of December.

Another important aspect of the record-setting amount on Torero Tuesday was USD Athletics raising more than $113,000. In addition to the spirit flag gift, another personalized gesture on behalf of the athletics department involved its commitment to community service. During Torero Tuesday, the department’s commitment level goes up another notch. For every donation of $55 or more targeted to support athletics, the department performs an hour of community service time. In 2018, Torero Tuesday donations added up to a whopping 2,060 service hours pledged.

All in all, Torero Tuesday, USD's version of the national day of giving the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, was an overwhelming success. We thank all USD alumni, friends and family for helping us amplify student life and campus culture through their generous gifts of support.

— Ryan T. Blystone


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