The incredible generosity of the Christendom community was on full display during the college’s fourth annual Giving Day, with alumni and benefactors raising over $140,000 in both monthly and one-time donations for the college. Approximately 900 donors, comprised of alumni, students, parents, and other members of the college community, all gave generously to The Carroll Fund during the day’s online festivities, enabling the college to assist the next generation of Christendom students through financial aid and more.
“It was inspiring to see our alumni and benefactors come together in such a strong showing of support for the mission of Christendom,” said Karla Hester, board member and Alumni Advisory Council Chair. “Giving Day is an enormous amount of work each year but seeing alumni across the country reconnect and celebrate together makes all of the effort worth it. Their generosity ensures that students, faculty and staff will continue to receive support for years to come.”
The college set the goal of reaching 650 givers this year and surpassed that by several hundred donors over the course of 24 hours. The $144,000 raised on Giving Day will only continue to grow over the coming year thanks to the new monthly donors, with their generosity enabling the college to impact even more students for the better in the future.
The money raised through those donations, along with one-time gifts, goes towards The Carroll Fund, which specifically helps the college with financial aid, counseling and spiritual development, career services, athletics, and faculty and staff salaries.
Each year, Giving Day focuses on a specific theme to excite and unite alumni. This year, alumni were encouraged to celebrate fellow alumni who have had a positive impact on their life by sending in inspiring, humorous, and heartfelt stories. Alumni from across Christendom’s 43-year history submitted stories, showing how tight knit the alumni community remains even after leaving campus.
Like last year, Giving Day culminated in an evening “Online Party”, giving alumni the opportunity to participate from anywhere in the world. Hosted by registrar and alumnus Walter Janaro, the Giving Day Online Party featured an exclusive tour of the college’s new Christ the King Chapel, a Divine Mercy chaplet prayed for deceased alumni, a “quodlibet” open academic forum event with new professors Dr. Kathleen Sullivan and Dr. Conor Sweeney, a trivia event with professor Mike Brown, and a musical performance from College President Dr. Timothy O’Donnell and his son Declan.
In the midst of a challenging year, the outpouring of support for the mission of the college was ultimately inspiring, according to director of alumni relations Vince Criste.
“Giving Day 2021 was awesome and showed, once again, that alumni love their alma mater,” said Criste. “On behalf of the college, I thank all of the alumni who participated in any way in making this day an engaging and successful event.”
Christendom College is one of a handful of colleges in the U.S. 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 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.
All donors are members of the Christendom College family. Anyone who wants to partner with Christendom to educate the next generation of Catholic leaders can learn more about ways to make an impact at giving.christendom.edu.