Thank a Donor Day highlights student messages

UGA Thank A Donor Day



“I will be the first person in my family to have a college degree. Your gift matters and makes a difference!”


“This education is so valuable—it has allowed me to fulfill my dreams. Thank you so much!”


“Because of your donations, I’ve been able to travel to China, Mongolia, Russia and South Korea during my time at UGA, and I’ve also participated in an internship with the Defense Department in Washington.”


“Thanks to you guys, I’m loan free!”

These sentiments were just a few expressed by UGA students during the first “Thank a Donor Day” initiated April 12 in the Tate Student Center Plaza. The event was held to educate students on the impact that private giving makes to their educational experience, while at the same time emphasizing the importance of thanking donors for their generosity.

Hundreds of students turned out to write thank you notes, provide video messages, sign a large thank you card and create other expressions of gratitude that personally acknowledged the generosity of donors. A highlight of the event was a video produced that captured the students’ message of appreciation.  To view the video, see

“UGA’s first donation was 633 acres of land from John Milledge that later became the site of our great university,” said Tony Stringer, Director of Donor Relations and Stewardship.  “More than 200 years later, UGA donors continue to support our growing campus, allowing our students to thrive.  Saying ‘thanks’ validates the importance of these gifts.”