The Spider community gave generously to support today’s students.

Photograph by Jamie Betts

Essential support

September 7, 2021


The year-plus pandemic has led to hardships for many — during the 2020–21 academic year, the university saw a 75% spike in student requests for reevaluation of their financial needs. The Spider family stepped up to meet the needs of students during the third annual UR Here Giving Day in May.

More than 1,900 alumni, parents, and other supporters contributed $1.2 million of support.

“UR Here is a special opportunity to bring our community together, showcase areas of UR that Spiders can support philanthropically, and celebrate the impact of giving,” said Kim Lebar, director of annual giving. “We are deeply grateful to those who took part in giving day this year.”

Spiders supported more than 160 funds representing five impact areas ­— academics, athletics, greatest needs, student life, and well-being — as well as opportunities to honor outgoing President Ronald A. Crutcher and Betty Neal Crutcher through a scholarship for first-generation students with financial need and by supporting the Dialogue and Inclusion Fund. Collectively, the new Crutcher funds raised more than $191,000 on giving day. Additional new funds in 2021 included the CAPS Access Fund and Spiders Support Recovery.

Many alumni and families offered matches and challenges to encourage others to join them in supporting UR. One matched gifts to financial aid up to a total of $60,000 and another matched gifts to the career opportunity fund up to a total of $15,000.