Ivy Tech’s First Day of Giving to Support Next Generation of Hoosier Leaders


Nation’s largest singly-accredited community college holding statewide Ivy Tech Day on April 11

EVANSVILLE Ind. – For students carving out a career, a day can mean everything. On April 11, Ivy Tech alumni, friends, and people across Indiana can help the College develop the next generation of Hoosier healthcare professionals, manufacturing specialists, entrepreneurs, and others by participating in Ivy Tech Day, the College’s first-ever Day of Giving.

Starting at midnight – and for 24 hours – alumni and friends everywhere can support the College’s 19 campuses and 173,000 students who are building brighter futures for themselves and for those around them. The Ivy Tech Foundation, which is organizing the statewide day, wants to reach 600 gifts in recognition of the College’s 60th anniversary.

At the Evansville campus students and staff will celebrate from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Koch Student Center with food, games, music, as well as students crafting thank you messages and videos to donors.

Go Green
Evansville area businesses are encouraged to “Go Green” on April 11, allowing employees to wear green or an Ivy Tech shirt. Businesses can also allow employees to wear jeans for $5 that can be donated to Ivy Tech at giveday.ivytech.edu/evansville. Watch for lots of green streetlights on Main Street celebrating the day.

Individuals are encouraged to share their pictures on social media and share their thoughts about why Ivy Tech is important to the community. Alumni and friends can use the hashtags #give2ivy and #growivygrow to show their support. Supporters will be able to follow the Foundation all day long on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

“Ivy Tech Day is a big moment for our entire College family,” said Sue Ellspermann, president, Ivy Tech Community College. “As Indiana’s community college, we want to create a fun, memorable way to come together and demonstrate our collective passion for our students, the college, and our communities. I believe our donors, alumni, students, employer partners, faculty and staff, and friends in the community will rally in celebration of Ivy Tech’s impact and 60th anniversary.”

Evansville Chancellor Daniela Vidal loves that Ivy Tech is celebrating its first Ivy Tech Day in recognition of its 60 years of creating opportunities in our communities. “We hope everyone will take a moment to donate $6, $60, or even $600 during Ivy Tech’s Day of Giving, so that Ivy Tech can reach even more potential students – from employers who want to skill up their workforce by co-creating a pipeline with Ivy Tech, to employees looking to gain new skillsets, to the high school student looking to earn a degree or credential and transfer their credits or get to work in two years or less.”

Ivy Tech was founded 60 years ago on March 15, 1963. Today, Ivy Tech contributes $3.9 billion annually to Indiana’s economy, including a net impact of $3.6 billion from alumni working in the state. Eight of ten students who graduate from Ivy Tech do so without student debt. Additionally, Ivy Tech:

  • graduates more nurses with 2-year degrees than any college in the nation, and most stay in Indiana to pursue their careers.
  • contributes to 1 of every 70 jobs across Indiana.
  • awards more than 40,000 credentials and certifications each year, and nearly all who graduate – 93 percent – stay in the Hoosier State.

Ivy Tech Day is part of the Foundation’s 5-year, $285 million campaign.

“Our graduates are making a real impact in communities across the state, and the possibilities ahead are exciting,” said Courtney Roberts, Ivy Tech Foundation president. “From nurses to manufacturers to the culinary arts, Ivy Tech graduates are making a real difference in the lives of people across Indiana.

“Our environment requires solutions to problems faced by industries everywhere,” Roberts said. “Our community of students, alumni, faculty, and partners are making it happen.”