Soon after, Teresa Sullivan was reinstated as president of the University of Virginia on Tuesday afternoon, donations began to arrive at a much quicker rate than usual.
Some of the gifts were large — like the two anonymous donors who each pledged to give $1 million each in support of Sullivan. And some gifts consisted of just five bucks submitted online. The total amount collected since the reinstatement, as of Wednesday evening: $2.5 million in major gifts. And $218,910.95 from 657 online donors.
Of the online gifts, 115 were earmarked for the President’s Fund for Excellence, an unrestricted discretionary fund that’s often used to launch special initiatives, address immediate needs and strengthen academic and student-life programs. In past years, the fund has paid to keep faculty members who had offers of higher pay at other universities.
The university passed along some of the comments that donors included with their online gifts:
“This is for the President and the University to spend on anything except intercollegiate athletics — however you see fit/wherever there’s a need. Thank you for hanging tough President Sullivan.” Arlington, Va.
“This small gift is a token of my appreciation that President Sullivan has been reinstated and will continue to guide the University into the future.” Washington D.C.
“A gift in honor of the community coming together to make the right decision after adversity.” Brookline, Mass.
“This gift is made in honor of President Teresa Sullivan and her courageous vision for the future of the University.” Chicago
“Please make this gift IN HONOR OF President Terry Sullivan.” Barboursville, Va.
“Thank you UVA for doing the right thing today.” Charlottesville
“This gift is in celebration of President Sullivan’s reinstatement.” Denver
“Thank you for reinstating Dr. Sullivan.” Jacksonville, Fl.