Sweet Briar House April 2014

Sweet Briar House at Sweet Briar College in Amherst County. File photo

Sweet Briar College’s alumnae, parents, faculty, staff and friends raised more than $2.2 million in the first days of March, exceeding previous records from the past three years, the school announced Monday.

“Our alumnae and friends are really extraordinary,” President Meredith Woo said a news release. “They are undaunted and determined that our College will continue to set the pace for what liberal arts colleges should be. It’s an honor to be a part of this amazing and dedicated community.”

Each year, March Days of Giving is an opportunity for the college’s extended community to show its commitment to and confidence in Sweet Briar. This year, the first goal was to raise $500,000 on March 1. The community rallied to meet that goal, raising $507,133 in less than 24 hours, according to SBC.

The second challenge was to raise another $500,000 between March 2 and 10. Those dollars were fueled by a very generous challenge gift from an anonymous donor who wanted to catalyze giving to the college. Sweet Briar’s alumnae and friends exceeded that challenge, raising more than $1.2 million, ensuring the college will receive the full match. Money raised during March Days of Giving in 2019 totaled $2,213,998.

“I am in awe of the fact that our alumnae and other donors have helped us raise over 20 percent of our $10 million fundraising goal in just 10 days. It is a signal of our strength and belief in the College’s future,” Mary Pope M. Hutson, vice president for alumnae relations and development and a SBC graduate, said in the release. “In our fourth year of unprecedented fundraising, this level of generosity shows an inordinate amount of commitment to and faith in the College.”

Sweet Briar has now raised $7 million toward its overall goal of $10 million for fiscal year 2019, the college has announced. Gifts in support of that goal can be made through June 30 at sbc.edu/give.

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