SDSU's Highest Priorities

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An Anonymous DonorRobert V Burns gave $50

Lon Stroschein photoLon Stroschein gave $1,000

An Anonymous DonorDaktronics Student Donor Challenge gave $5,000

An Anonymous DonorSDSU Parent Challenge gave $20,000

An Anonymous DonorFaculty/Staff Donor Challenge gave $25,000

An Anonymous Donor1881 Donor Challenge by Sandy Ellingsen gave $50,000

An Anonymous Donor5000 Donor Challenge by Kathy and Mark Walker Challenge gave $100,000
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One Day for STATE
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1,881 Donors Challenge by Sandy Ellingsen

Over 140 years ago, SDSU was founded on a bold vision and a land grant mission. Since then, we’ve built a dynamic legacy of innovation and tradition, creating an institution unlike anywhere else. In recognition of our university’s heritage, we support the 1,881 Donors Challenge. When we cross the threshold of 1,881 donors, we’ll unlock an additional $50,000 from challenge donor, Sandy Ellingsen! 

Together, we can make one bold impact and honor the year in which SDSU’s story first began.

5,000 Donors Challenge by Kathy and Mark Walker

Each year, One Day for STATE continues to raise the bar in philanthropy, to challenge Jackrabbits to reach new heights, and to demonstrate the impact of the yellow and blue community when we all come together as one. For our sixth annual celebration, we're aiming to rally 5,000 donors in 24 hours! When we reach 5,000 donors, we’ll unlock an additional $100,000 from challenge donors, Kathy and Mark Walker

It’s a bold goal, but when we work together, there’s nothing the Jackrabbit family can’t do. 

Daktronics Student Donor Challenge

In 1968, the founders of Daktronics took note that many of the talented students of SDSU were leaving the state to find work following graduation. In response, two State professors of electrical engineering decided to create a company that would keep Jackrabbit alumni in South Dakota. Now the world leader in the display industry, Daktronics continues to collaborate with SDSU, offering internship and job opportunities to students throughout their education and beyond. On One Day for STATE, Daktronics is challenging our students to collaborate with SDSU in upholding the Jackrabbit margin of excellence. When we reach 100 student donors, Daktronics will give $5,000 to South Dakota State University. Let’s join them in making a difference, Jacks!

Faculty/Staff Challenge

South Dakota State University would not be the premier institution that it is without the unparalleled faculty/staff that foster current and future generations of Jackrabbits. These dedicated members of the SDSU family share their knowledge and talent with students on a daily basis, and today they’re sharing a bold challenge to make an even greater difference for State – when 100 faculty/staff make a gift, we’ll unlock $25,000!

Parent Challenge

One Day for STATE isn’t just for students, faculty, and staff…it’s for the families of our Jackrabbits, too! This year, when 100 parents of current SDSU students make a gift, we’ll unlock an additional $20,000! Parents already play a pivotal role in the lives of our students, supporting them to become lifelong learners and future leaders of the workforce. 

Today, they have the chance to truly enhance the SDSU experience for their children – so let’s follow their lead! 

Jim and Penny Woster First-Time Donor Challenge

Jim and Penny Woster want to encourage the next generation of donors and motivate others to find an area of the university they feel passionate about supporting – with big gifts or small!

When 100 new donors make their first-ever gift to SDSU as part of One Day for STATE, they will provide an additional $10,000 in scholarships for students at SDSU. 

50 State Challenge by General Myrna Williamson in Memory of Major General Carl H. McNair, Jr. 

A Jackrabbit alumna who has served both our country and our university without fail, Brigadier General Myrna Williamson (’60 English)  has created a bold challenge that will span the nation. In addition to honoring the memory of her friend Major General Carl H. McNair, Jr. through a new aviation scholarship, Myrna has found a way to bring together Jacks near and far. Once we receive a gift from each of the 50 states, her commitment of $50,000 will be unlocked

If you know fellow Jackrabbits in other states, help us spread the word and transform student lives with Myrna’s gift! 

With her generosity, we won’t just turn the map Jackrabbit blue – we’ll make an impact for SDSU that lasts far beyond One Day for STATE.

*NEW CHALLENGES!*

1st Donor of the Day Challenge 

On One Day for STATE, it pays to come in first! This year, we’re trying something new… When the first donor of the day makes a gift, we’ll unlock an extra $500 to whichever area of campus they’ve chosen to donate to! Once the clock strikes midnight on September 8, there’s no time to waste, Jacks – let’s see who will be the lucky first donor to make an even bigger impact with their gift! 

1881st Donor 

SDSU was founded in 1881, and this year on One Day for STATE, we’ve found a new way to honor the year in which our story first began. The 1,881st donor of the day will unlock an additional $1,000 to their designated gift fund! That’s right – if you’re the 1,881st person to donate on One Day for STATE, the area you care about most at SDSU will receive $1,000 in addition to your gift. 

On your marks…get set…give back!   

5000th Donor 

Today, our objective is to rally 5,000 donors – and for such an ambitious goal, we’ve got a bold incentive in mind! The 5,000th donor of the day will unlock an additional $2,000 to their designated gift fund. No matter what area of campus you’ve designated for your gift, you can increase your generosity by $2,000 by becoming the 5,000th donor. One Day for STATE is all about celebrating the power of philanthropy, and this challenge has the power to make your gift go further. Is there any better way to celebrate? 

Last Donor of the Day 

Every second counts on One Day for STATE, especially when we are down to the wire on our 24-hour deadline for giving! This year, the last donor of the day is going to help us end our celebration with a bang – when the last donor to give before midnight makes their donation, we’ll unlock an extra $250 for the area of campus to which they’ve allocated their gift. Talk about a final countdown! 

Just don’t wait too long to give back, Jacks; One Day for STATE wraps up at midnight! 

Frank Kurtenbach Social Media Challenge 

We know the Jackrabbit family “likes” a challenge, so the Frank Kurtenbach Social Media Challenge is right up our alley! We’re taking this challenge to our social media platforms – you can help unlock additional dollars by sharing, liking, retweeting, and joining in the fun on One Day for STATE. Keep an eye on our social media pages for more details!  

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5000 Donor Challenge by Kathy and Mark Walker Challenge photo
5000 Donor Challenge by Kathy and Mark Walker Challenge
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Bob and Helen Gales Challenge photo
Bob and Helen Gales Challenge
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Don Stark and Sandra Silver Challenge photo
Don Stark and Sandra Silver Challenge
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Tama and Dan Backlund Challenge photo
Tama and Dan Backlund Challenge
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Jim and Susen Schirmer Challenge photo
Jim and Susen Schirmer Challenge
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1881 Donor Challenge by Sandy Ellingsen photo
1881 Donor Challenge by Sandy Ellingsen
Gave $50,000 during a Challenge!
Kathy and Mark Walker Engineering Challenge photo
Kathy and Mark Walker Engineering Challenge
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Rick Howard Challenge photo
Rick Howard Challenge
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Mylo and Lillian Hellickson Challenge #1 photo
Mylo and Lillian Hellickson Challenge #1
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EHS Challenge in Memory of Major General Carl H. McNair, Jr. by Gen. Myrna Williamson photo
EHS Challenge in Memory of Major General Carl H. McNair, Jr. by Gen. Myrna Williamson
Gave $50,000 during a Challenge!