Christendom raised over $250,000 in new monthly and one-time donations in its second annual giving day, held on April 30, 2019. With 888 donors, comprised of students, alumni, family, friends, faculty, and staff, the money will go toward the Carroll Fund, helping the college with financial aid, counseling and spiritual development, career services, athletics, and faculty and staff salaries.
“Our second successful giving day is a sure sign of the health and vitality of our alumni community and our network of family and friends,” says Karla Hester, board member and Alumni Advisory Council Chair. “This event is an enormous amount of work, but it’s very fun and rewarding to rally everyone to support critical college initiatives.”
The college held its first giving day last year with 678 alumni donating over a 24-hour period. While the first giving day was limited to college alumni, this year’s event was open to the entire “Crusader family,” resulting in many family and friends of Christendom becoming new one-time and monthly donors.
The college’s advancement office’s goal was to get 600 donors this year. Thanks to the hard work of the advancement team, key alumni volunteers, and the generosity of the many donors, the goal was exceeded by over 200. Representatives from each of the college’s graduating classes worked tirelessly throughout the day, contacting fellow alumni, family, and friends around the world to rally them together for the event.
“Building off the momentum and excitement from last year, our second annual giving day rallied around our ‘Crusader family,’ our uniquely Catholic community,” says Vince Criste, director of alumni and donor relations. “We are blessed to have so many dedicated alumni and extended family supporting the college spiritually and financially. I would especially like to thank our Alumni Advisory Council Chair Karla Hester and all of our council members and class representatives who worked so tirelessly to make our giving day a great success.”
Christendom College is one of a handful of colleges in the US to not accept Federal funds, and therefore relies entirely on the generosity of its many benefactors for its financial success and security. The success of the giving day is a testament to the passion of Christendom’s supporters, who seek to ensure that the college will be able to offer its Catholic, time-tested liberal arts education for generations to come, helping to form future Catholic leaders so needed by the Church and society today.
New donors are always welcome. If interested in joining the Crusader Family of donors, please visit here.