Fundraising blitz set for COA

BAR HARBOR — College of the Atlantic’s fourth-annual fundraising blitz, the 24-Hour Challenge, is slated for Wednesday, Feb. 24.

The college is seeking a total of 750 gifts – of any size – over the course of the day to qualify for $24,000 pledged by an anonymous donor. The college hopes to connect with as many alumni, parents, students, community members and friends as possible throughout the day, said Dean of Institutional Advancement Lynn Boulger.

“The 24-Hour Challenge is about participation – not the amount of money that people give, but the number of supporters that show their support for this remarkable institution,” Boulger said.

Money raised in the challenge will support COA’s annual fund, which helps bridge the gap between tuition revenue and the real cost of a COA education. The vast majority of COA students receive institutional aid. The annual fund also supports enhancements to the academic curriculum, an enriched student life experience and community outreach and events. This year’s annual fund goal is $1,150,000.

“We couldn’t exist without the incredible support we receive from friends, family, alumni and the greater community,” said COA President Darron Collins ’92. “We hope that you’ll join us on Feb. 24 for this fun and important challenge.”

The challenge has proven successful over the past few years, and makes for an active, energetic, fun day, Boulger said, with phones ringing, emails pinging and many, many alumni walking through the door to give. Alumni support during the challenge is especially important, she said.

“Increasing alumni participation and giving every year is one of our big goals. It’s one of the important metrics that other funders look at before they give,” Boulger said.

To take part in the challenge, visit, call 801-5624 or 801-5620, or send a check dated Feb. 24 to COA 24-Hour Challenge, Development Office, 105 Eden St., Bar Harbor, ME, 04609.

Progress on the challenge will be reported throughout the day on Feb. 24 on COA’s social media channels including Facebook and Twitter.

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