Photo of Old Main at Saint Martin's University
March 31, 2021

LACEY, Wash. — The Saint Martin’s community supported current and future students on 3.21GIVE, Saint Martin’s University’s seventh annual day of giving, with record-breaking generosity. Nearly 340 supporters raised more than $142,000 on March 21 for a variety of funds ranging from internship stipends and student scholarships to athletic programs and many others. 

“We are grateful to our community for supporting our students on 3.21GIVE with such generosity,” said Cecelia Loveless, Saint Martin’s University vice president of institutional advancement. 

3.21GIVE is a 24-hour, online day of giving where alumni, faculty, staff, families, friends and corporate sponsors support the areas at Saint Martin’s that mean the most to them. The primary goal of the event is broaden support and participation in giving among our community. The event resulted in a 140 percent increase in donors and a 112 percent increase in dollars raised from the previous year’s results.

Among the new sponsors for this event was Puget Sound Energy. Saint Martin’s University was selected as the recipient of a Powerful Partners grant supporting workforce development in the region. The PSE grant is supporting Saints Promise, a program initially launched in 2020 and funded by ​​The Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education; the program now qualifies for a potential matching grant from the Council of Independent Colleges. Thanks to the $12,500 PSE Powerful Partners grant, even more Saint Martin’s students will receive direct career support through programs such as monetary stipends for unpaid internships. 

“I support 3.21GIVE because generous donors made it possible for me to become a teacher when I attended Saint Martin's,” said Carrie Erwin ’95, “I continue to give because in May my daughter will graduate from Saint Martin's without any school debt because of other generous donors.  I love to be able to support several wonderful projects for 3.21GIVE.”

Interested in supporting Saint Martin’s students? You can still make a gift at Save the date for next year’s 3.21GIVE on Monday, March 21, 2022.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent coeducational university, with undergraduate and graduate offerings, located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 13 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 29 majors, 11 master’s programs, one doctorate program and five certificate programs spanning the arts and sciences, business, counseling, education, engineering, nursing and leadership. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,300 undergraduate students and 250 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and more students to its extended campus located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

For additional information:

Cecelia Loveless
Vice President, Institutional Advancement

Nathan Peters
Director of Development, Annual Giving

Genevieve Chan
Vice President, Marketing and Communications