The spirit of Thanksgiving will be extended in more ways than one at Palomar College this season. Every gift dollar donated to the Palomar College Foundation on Giving Tuesday, November 28 will be doubled this year, thanks to a generous College supporter.

“We are thrilled and appreciative that each dollar raised this year will be matched. Both campus and community donors have a history of generous support for Giving Tuesday,” said Foundation Executive Director Stacy Rungaitis. “Gifts on Giving Tuesday are local philanthropy at its best. The money we raise is used entirely locally. The funds help North County students and the communities of which they are a part.”

The fundraising event at Palomar coincides with the national Giving Tuesday campaign, celebrated in the U.S. on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and described on as “A Global Day of Giving”. Associated with the “widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday…#GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.” Last year an estimated $168 million was raised by a wide variety of nonprofit organizations.

At Palomar College, funds donated to the Foundation on Giving Tuesday help provide scholarships, textbook assistance and support the Palomar Promise. “These generous donations have a large and immediate impact on the lives of many students,” said Kim Hartwell, who oversees the Foundation’s scholarship program.

Donations can be made at the foundation’s website, For more information, contact Hartwell at 760-744-1150, ext.2664,

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Media Contacts:
Melinda Finn, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365,
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152, lgropen@palomar.eduKim Hartwell, Foundation, 760-744-1150, ext. 2664,,