Gorilla Giving Day

One Day. One Purpose. One Proud Gorilla Family.

 gorilla giving day

On March 7, 2022, alumni and friends will come together to support Pittsburg State University during our 24-hour giving campaign, Gorilla Giving Day. This unique fundraising event is the perfect opportunity to show your Gorilla pride by supporting the programs and priorities most meaningful to you. 

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Why March 7?

This year on March 7th one of Pitt State’s oldest standing traditions, Apple Day, will celebrate the commemoration of the first building appropriation secured by Principal Russell S. Russ and school supporters in 1907. Still today, students, faculty, staff and supporters come together to celebrate this incredible milestone in Pittsburg State University history. As we begin new traditions we hope you participate in Gorilla Giving Day, an event inspired by Apple Day, to continue our purpose of supporting Pittsburg State University.

How can I help?

We already know that one person can make a difference. Our history proves that. And now we're calling on you to make a difference too. Please consider supporting Pitt State on Monday, March 7th during Gorilla Giving Day - ONE DAY. ONE PURPOSE. ONE PROUD GORILLA FAMILY! Your support helps us advance our mission and strengthen our programs.


Weaver New Donor Challenge

This year, there’s an awesome opportunity to match your first gift to Pittsburg State thanks to Brandon and Erin Weaver (MS ’15). They have provided funds to match first-time donor gifts up to $250 per gift. Now is the time to give your first gift to Pittsburg State and make a bigger impact while these matching funds are available!  

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Crimson & Gold Nation Challenge

Let’s take Gorilla Giving Day from sea to shining sea! Our challenge for alumni, friends of the University, faculty and staff is to receive gifts from all 50 states, plus Washington D.C. & Puerto Rico. Be the lucky donor to unlock an additional $250 for your college, program, or cause you support. 

See if your state is represented

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Crimson & Gold Global Challenge

Show our alumni, friends of the University, faculty and staff the reach of our Global Gorilla Network! Our goal is to have gifts from 15 different countries. Be the lucky international donor to unlock an additional $250 for your college, program, or cause you support.  

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Alumni Legacy Scholarship Tattoo Challenge


Dr. Jon Bartlow, director of alumni & constituent relations, has a challenge for alumni, friends of the University, faculty and staff. His goal is to raise $5,000 for the Alumni Legacy Scholarship – a scholarship that supports incoming students who are the children and grandchildren of PSU alumni. If successful, he will get a gorilla tattoo on his right arm! Please consider supporting this challenge for the Alumni Legacy Scholarship fund and put a permanent display of our beloved mascot on Jon’s arm!  

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Nature Reach - Give a Slice of the Pie Challenge 

The Biology – Nature Reach program has a challenge for alumni, friends of University, faculty and staff. Nature Reach Program Coordinator, Delia Lister and the student staff will each take a pie to the face if they meet their goal of raising $1,000 for Nature Reach. Please consider supporting this challenge, the Biology department, and their beautiful faces by donating on Gorilla Giving Day. 

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Pitt Power Student Projects Challenge


Pitt Power is an online fundraising platform designed to provide students a way to seek support for their projects. Currently the College of Technology has four senior Pitt Power projects. Through the power of your support these projects are connecting the Gorilla community to immediate student and campus needs. 

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Memories Monday Challenge - Social Media Challenge

Post a throwback photo from your time here at Pitt State or at a Pitt State event. Be sure to add #GorillaGivingDay to be eligible for a drawing. One lucky winner will receive Pitt State items.