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Generosity from across the School of Education community reached an all-time high during ONEHopkins 2024. During the 24-hour period ending at midnight on March 15, the School of Education raised a record-setting $16,597 during the university’s annual campus-wide day of giving.

This year, most of the funds raised will benefit the school’s Student Emergency Fund, established to help meet the immediate needs of students struggling financially after unexpected personal crisis.

ONEHopkins gives members of the Hopkins community the opportunity to support the causes that matter most to them. Held this year on Thursday, March 14— also known as Pi Day—the event’s theme featured an attractive incentive: supporters who make a gift of $31.41 or more can receive a pair of limited-edition Hopkins joggers to show off their Hopkins pride.

“ONEHopkins is a great vehicle for engaging students philanthropically,” said Lindsay Askew, assistant director of constituent engagement for the school of education. “It really helps our students feel a part of the greater Hopkins community.”

Behind the scenes, there was an even bigger incentive: helping students in crisis.

In the spirit of Pi Day, the school’s leadership team collectively put forward a $3,141 gift challenge, inviting the wider SOE community to match or beat the sum in support of the Student Emergency Fund.

“Sometimes ‘life happens,’ and a student is suddenly confronted with a difficult obstacle that threatens to disrupt their schooling,” wrote Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services Teri Murray in an email to the community. “Perhaps their car breaks down, or they have an unexpected medical bill. Or maybe they don’t have enough food to eat. We created the Student Emergency Fund to provide small grants in these urgent moments when even a little can go a long way.”

Recent grants from the fund have aided one student with the co-pay for dental surgery, supported another in arranging needed transportation, and helped a third move from a particularly challenging living situation.

Proceeds from the 24-hour event drew on contributions from 283 donors, including alumni, faculty, staff, students, families, and friends. Support for the School of Education during ONEHopkins has grown consistently every year, increasing from $4,046 by 106 donors in 2021 to last year’s impressive total of $15,509, raised in support of the Nobody Asked Me research project.

Gifts are still being accepted for the School of Education’s ONEHopkins campaign until end of day Friday, March 15.

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