Torero Tuesday 2020: Record Number of Donors, Amount Raised

The University of San Diego’s sixth annual Torero Tuesday, a 24-hour day of giving event, resulted in the university securing both its largest total amount raised in this event’s history and a record number of donors.

There were 2,250 donors who made gifts online, by mail and other means on Oct. 13, 2020, to reach $908,996. By adding special challenge funds totaling $150,000 the official total became $1,058,996.

"We are deeply grateful to all those who supported Torero Tuesday this year,” USD President James T. Harris III, DEd, said. “Their support will provide a margin of excellence that will allow USD to continue to deliver a world-class education to our students. It so reassuring to know that so many people love USD and wish to see it thrive."

The 2020 donor numbers and total amount raised surpassed the 2019 Torero Tuesday totals of 1,300 contributors and $842,643 raised, which also had some bonus challenge funds included.

The one-day funding concept of Torero Tuesday began in 2015 in connection with a national day of giving soon after the Thanksgiving holiday. Each year, USD’s philanthropic aspirations have grown and USD donors continue to support opportunities that make a difference in the lives of so many of our students, some of whom are now alumni.

Gift destinations this year, per usual, ran the gamut, from student scholarship support, to individual schools, Torero Athletics, University Ministry, alumni affinity groups and various on-campus programs and resources. This year’s special challenge gifts were made possible by the generosity of Karen and Tom ’77 Mulvaney and Mike Persall ’02.

“We are humbled and filled with gratitude by the generosity of our alumni, parents and friends who gave on Torero Tuesday,” said Philip Garland, assistant vice president of advancement operations. “At a time when things often seem uncertain, we can be assured that Toreros support Toreros.”

Garland noted there were 27 lead gifts, but 75 percent of donations were $100 and under, thus indicating broad alumni and parent support.

The biggest overall winner on Torero Tuesday was having more than $400,000 go toward support for student scholarships. The primary USD undergraduate schools — the College of Arts and Sciences, USD School of Business and Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering — each topped $100,000 in support while the USD School of Law met its $150,000 goal.

A few areas exceeded their fundraising goals. Torero Athletics led all units with $229,365, more than doubling its 2019 Torero Tuesday total. Garland indicated strong involvement and support from all Torero Athletics coaches provided a boost. The USD Alumni Association’s Alumni-Endowed Scholarship Fund more than doubled its goal of $25,000 with more than $52,000. Six alumni affinity scholarship funds for underrepresented students each met their participation goals to help attract and retain students from underrepresented populations.

Every donation — at any amount — is impactful. Why? Because it is a shining example of the strength of #TorerosTogether.

Thank you!

— Ryan T. Blystone

Video by Allyson Meyer '16, '21


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