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Howard Payne University supporters make GivingTuesday a huge success

BROWNWOOD – December 2, 2022 – Howard Payne University’s network of alumni, friends, personnel and community partners made a record-setting show of support on GivingTuesday, providing over $860,000 to impact the university’s student experience. The gifts were made by 430 supporters. HPU’s goals for the event were $750,000 through the support of at least 250 people and companies/organizations.

The annual global day of giving celebrates generosity and raises support for non-profit organizations. This year’s event was held on November 29, and HPU’s totals topped the university’s previous single-day record of giving, set on last year’s GivingTuesday.

Through GivingTuesday and other current fundraising efforts, HPU has sought support for a wide range of areas of need, including the Howard Payne Fund, the Howard Payne Scholarship Fund, athletics, the Douglas MacArthur Academy of Freedom renovation and other campus improvements, as well as other areas as specified by supporters.

Dr. Dale Meinecke, vice president for advancement, expressed his appreciation for all the support, adding that matching gifts played an important role in the day’s success.

“A few generous supporters gave funding that matched all GivingTuesday gifts up to $350,000,” said Dr. Meinecke. “We are so thankful alumni and friends made the most of this opportunity to double their impact for the Kingdom work that happens inside and outside of the classroom at HPU, as we equip the next generation of Christian leaders.”

Dr. Cory Hines, HPU president, said the success of HPU’s GivingTuesday is a testament to God’s provision.

“Our theme verses this year are Lamentations 3:22-23, which describe God’s faithfulness,” Dr. Hines said. “Since Howard Payne University’s founding in 1889, God has been faithful to our institution and that faithfulness continues today. I am so thankful to God and to all of HPU’s supporters for helping us make such an important difference in the lives of students.”

Prospective supporters who were not able to give to HPU on GivingTuesday can still make gifts to support the university by visiting


Cutline: HPU students Mariah Garcia, Olivia Catlett and Madi Boggs express gratitude to GivingTuesday supporters. Garcia and Boggs display the HPU Yellow Jackets’ “Sting ’em” sign.