Thanks to funding from SMU Giving Day donors, Mustangs can keep making sweet music here on our own campus and on far-reaching shores. Take the SMU Belle Tones, for instance — the campus’s all-female a cappella group — who used the dollars they received last year to record their third album, pay for copyrights, film music video footage and provide uniforms.
Harness the power
When we come together on SMU Giving Day, we show the world what Mustangs can do.
SMU Giving Day is March 7 — it’s a day when we come together to support the causes and students we care about most. But the impact goes far beyond those 24 hours. Whether it’s through athletics, music programs or academic communities and student extracurriculars, see how so many different groups and organizations across campus have benefited from the generosity of the Mustang community.
Or, consider the impact for the Mustang Band, which uses funding to provide scholarships for more members. Bandmates even had the chance to perform in Normandy, France, as they represented the United States during a D-Day commemorative event.
In Athletics, the SMU equestrian team — which won the 2021 athletic participation competition thanks to a high number of donors and funds pledged — used its dollars to purchase a new tractor and a custom arena drag and provide exceptional care for its four-legged teammates.
And as SMU rowing continues to grow as a program, funds from donors help to grow the team’s reputation on a national scale. Last year, thanks to SMU Giving Day funds, the team was able to acquire an eight-person sweep rowing shell.
In the classroom, all students can feel the benefit of SMU Giving Day contributions. Opportunity SMU is a growing program that helps secure scholarships, financial aid and student support programs for students.
In fact, documenting the oral histories of underrepresented communities that came generations before is the chief work of Voices of SMU, a project that grew out of Jill Kelly’s Doing Oral History class in 2018. There, donations from SMU Giving Day help fund the work of graduate students, including transcription costs.
But any good student knows that intellectual pursuits are just as important outside of the classroom, too. The SMU Human Rights Program uses Giving Day funding to support its annual Poland Holocaust Education Trip. Last year, University aid helped 36 travelers learn more about the experience of Holocaust victims, survivors and descendants.
You can help ensure that Mustangs of all interests and passions are able to explore their pursuits during their time on the Hilltop.