Over the past year, Johns Hopkins University has confronted and overcome extraordinary challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, leading the way in local and global efforts to share information, encourage public health practices, provide lifesaving care, and end the pandemic for good.
With more important work and relief efforts ahead, this year's ONEHopkins campaign comes at a pivotal time for students, faculty, and health care workers in need of support. The fifth annual university-wide giving day—which falls on Tuesday, May 11, this year—is critical to Johns Hopkins' philanthropic efforts, with friends and alumni encouraged to give to a cause of their choice. This year, the Office of Annual Giving has set a goal of securing 1,000 donors in 24 hours.
"At Hopkins, I was involved in a lot of organizations, from Hopkins Hosting Society to Orientation to Senior Leadership Consultants," says Catherine Rinaldo, a 2014 graduate of JHU's Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. "Through my donation to the university, I'm able to give back to these groups that helped me grow throughout my college career. Or to the area of Hopkins with the greatest need."
For the first time, individuals who make a gift of $25 or more to the ONEHopkins campaign will receive a limited-edition, JHU tropical-print beach towel to show off their Hopkins pride. Donors also have the chance to increase the value of their gifts through matching gifts and challenge gifts, which have been secured by Hopkins divisions and departments. To learn more about giving options and/or to offer a match or challenge gift of your own, visit the ONEHopkins website.
"My Hopkins experience was one I'll never forget," Rinaldo says. "Giving back every year gives me the opportunity to support current and future students and ensure they have the same incredible experience I did."
Anyone can give, and every gift counts toward the 1,000 donor goal. Spread the word by using the #ONEHopkins hashtag and following the day's activities on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the ONEHopkins giving site.