Emory University recently embarked on its first Day of Giving. It was a concentrated 24-hour fundraising campaign that invited friends of the university to support what inspires them in a way that can make an immediate and lasting difference. Candler School of Theology, home to the Youth Theological Initiative, ranked third highest in the entire University for number of gifts, which totaled 256.

The exciting news for YTI is that while this was a university-wide initiative, YTI generated support from Emory alumni, students, staff, and faculty who had no affiliation with YTI but were inspired by its mission and purpose. An Emory staff member in the department of development and alumni relations said it best, “I wanted to participate (in Day of Giving), but since I didn’t go to Emory there wasn’t much affiliation to a school. I grew up in the United Methodist Church, and came across YTI when looking at areas to support. Definitely a great program!” You too have an opportunity to support the transformative program that inspires you. To donate securely online visit http://yti.emory.edu/give or contact YTI’s Director of Development, Jessica McDaniel, at 404.727.0058 or jessica.mcdaniel@emory.edu.