Day of Giving tops $2 million

Jan Garrison

Showing Culver's strength


April 9, 2021

No one is surprised with the generosity of the Culver Family following the fourth annual Day of Giving campaign Thursday. But the degree to which Culver Academies and Culver Summer Schools & Camps alumni, parents, faculty, and staff participated during such unusual times was well beyond everyone’s expectations.

Chief Advancement Officer Holly Johnson said 2,328 donors made gifts totaling over $2,017,094. The Day of Giving goal was to exceed 1,300 donors, which was accomplished in slightly over 12 hours. That unlocked a matching gift of over $500,000 established by a generous group of lead donors.

“Your generosity supports everyone that calls Culver home throughout the year – our students, campers, faculty, and staff,” Johnson said. “Thank you for your gifts and for encouraging others to join you during this Day of Giving.”

The goal of 1,300 donors was selected because that figure represents all the Culver students, faculty and staff who were brought back for in-person learning and leading last August. This is the same number of individuals that are given rapid tests each week for the coronavirus. This shows the strength of Culver’s commitment and dedication to preserving the in-person learning and leading model and the entire Culver Family’s resilience in the face of adversity.


Senior Lucie Diatta was one of the students calling donors to thank them for their gifts.


Culver was one of the first schools to bring students back to campus safely in August, and again after the Winter and Spring breaks. That allowed Culver Girls Academy to crest 116 new girls and conduct the Culver Women’s Celebration. And Culver Military Academy completed the Culver Annual Review and has conducted 1,652 units formations to date.

The academic achievements of Culver students remain impressive. The Class of 2021 acceptance rates at highly selective colleges and universities are up 30-to-50 percent. Those schools include Amherst, Bates, Colby, Duke, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Miami University, Princeton, Stanford, Wellesley, Yale, the United States Military Academy, Naval Academy, and Air Force Academy.

And for the students learning remotely in the Asia/Pacific region, the faculty has designed specific courses and programming to meet their needs, including meeting with them early in the morning and late in the evening. The students have also participated in virtual unit and dorm meetings, participated in virtual competitions, and demonstrated leadership by engaging and reflecting on service in their local communities.

The funds raised during the Day of Giving will assist in the COVID-19 mitigation plan, provide scholarship opportunities for students and campers, attract and retain faculty and staff, and allows Culver to continue offering its unique programs for character and leadership development.

“Culver donors continue to rise to the challenge and lead by example,” Johnson added. “Our 2020-2021 in-person school year and upcoming six-week summer camp have been made possible due to the generosity of those that support Culver. We are beyond grateful to all of those that hold a special place in their hearts for Culver.”


More Recent News