UHV receives record-breaking support on Giving Tuesday

The University of Houston-Victoria’s third annual Giving Tuesday event began with a challenge to collect donations from 150 donors, and the community came through by almost doubling that goal.

At the end of the day on Nov. 27, the university had collected $21,751.56 from 292 donors, including the university’s faculty, staff, students and community members. The total amount raised is 41 percent more than last year’s total of $15,375, and 33 percent more individuals gave to the university than last year’s campaign.

The total raised includes the $5,000 challenge donation from KMH Wealth Management LLC. The challenge was intended to help the university gain donations. If UHV received donations from 150 individual donors, the company would give $5,000 to the university.

Kira Mudd

“UHV is beyond fortunate to have the support of so many people in the community,” said Kira Mudd, UHV director of alumni relations and annual giving. “It was incredible to see so many people coming forward to support their local university. Thanks to their support, we were able to set records across the board.”

Donations were collected online and at different locations on campus and in the community. The gifts ranged in size from $1 to $5,000. Online donations were given from 5:44 a.m. to 11:22 p.m. from donors across the country. Booths were set up at four locations on the main campus as well as a table at UHV Katy, at Chick-fil-A in the Whispering Creek Shopping Center and inside the Coffee Box at Airline Road and Laurent Street. The volunteers who worked the booths included UHV students, faculty, staff and alumni.

“Events like Giving Tuesday could not be as successful without the help of wonderful volunteers,” Mudd said. “UHV is grateful for their support in helping us solicit and collect donations in many different locations and ways. Their dedication to helping the university is a big part of what made Giving Tuesday a success.”

Bob Glenn

Each donor had the opportunity to choose what area of the university would receive their donation. At the end of the day, 44 UHV programs, departments and scholarships received donations. The top 10 areas also received $500 from the $5,000 challenge donation.

Out of all the areas, the program that received the most support was JP’s Market, the student food pantry that benefits UHV and Victoria College students. About a third of the people who participated in Giving Tuesday donated to the pantry. Some other areas that received support were scholarships for UHV’s three academic schools, UHV Athletics Fundraising, the General Scholarship Fund and various departments’ unit excellence funds.

“The Victoria community has once again shown just how much it supports UHV in its mission to provide a quality higher education, and we could not be more grateful,” UHV President Bob Glenn said. “It is an incredible feeling to see that support continue to grow every year.”

To learn more about donating to UHV, contact University Advancement at 361-570-4812 or

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.