NMC sails past 24 Hour Challenge goal

TRAVERSE CITY — With fewer than four hours left in the NMC 24 Hour Donor Challenge, the community rallied to help NMC win a $2,400 presidential incentive. The NMC Foundation aimed for 100 donor gifts in 24 hours from noon on June 12 to noon on June 13.

The 24-Hour Donor Challenge was a participation challenge that sought gifts from 100 community members. President Timothy J. Nelson personally offered the incentive of a matching gift of $24 for each of the first 100 gifts, up to $2,400 total.

The challenge goal was met by spreading the word via social media and e-mail. More than 120 donors pledged in excess of $20,000 to NMC and more continues to pour in. In addition, DTE Energy made a donation of $12,500.

Rebecca Teahen, Executive Director for Resource Development and NMC Foundation said, "NMC is so fortunate to have the overwhelming support of our community. We are humbled by the energy and enthusiasm this campaign created and grateful for the generous charitable support that helps NMC provide innovative programs for our students and greater access to higher education for our communities."

All 24-Hour Donor Challenge funds go to the NMC Foundation's Annual Fund, which supports scholarships, programs, facilities and services at NMC. In the 2013-14 academic year, more than $985,000 in scholarship dollars were awarded to almost 1,000 students. Thanks to local donors, the NMC Foundation has provided almost $50 million since 1951 to support NMC programs, scholarships, facilities and services.

"The success of this 24 hour Challenge really emphasizes the support our community has for NMC, said NMC President Timothy J. Nelson. "Faculty, staff, friends, and alumni as far away as Afghanistan came together to show their love for learning at NMC. We truly are the community's college."

Release date: june 13, 2014

For more information:

Courtney Sorrell
NMC Foundation Annual Giving Specialist
(231) 995-1030