The Spider community showed an unprecedented outpouring of support for students and the institution with its response to the 2020 UR Here giving day campaign in May.

More than 4,200 alumni, parents, and other supporters around the world — including 1,800 first-time donors — contributed more than $1.6 million for students who will need additional financial aid, personal assistance, and career support to continue their education and prepare for the future amid the challenges of the pandemic. Almost twice as many donors as last year made gifts this year.

“The way our Spider community came together for giving day was nothing short of remarkable,” said Martha Callaghan, vice president for advancement. “Every gift is important as we work together to make sure that UR emerges stronger than ever from the challenges we face. The university continues to be made a better place because of the generosity and care of our alumni, families, faculty, staff, students, and friends.”

Donors during UR Here touched every area of campus, especially financial aid, which received $430,000 that will be critical for students and their families in the academic year now underway. In total, Spiders quadrupled their support from last year’s giving day, supporting 125 funds representing academics, athletics, greatest needs, student life, and well-being.