Alumni and benefactors from around the nation joined together in supporting Christendom during the college’s annual Giving Day on April 26, raising nearly $140,000 in both monthly and one-time donations for the college. Over 800 donors, comprised of alumni, students, parents, and other members of the college community, all gave generously to The Carroll Fund over the course of the day, enabling the college to assist the next generation of Christendom students through financial aid and more.
“We first started doing these annual Giving Day events five years ago, and over the course of that time I’ve been amazed at the incredible generosity of our community,” says Karla Hester, board member and Alumni Advisory Council Chair. “With so much uncertainty in the world, our community wants to invest in the mission of Christendom to ‘restore all things in Christ.’ Giving Day gives them that opportunity, with their generosity helping students, faculty and staff receive the support they need to continue learning and teaching the Truth without compromise.”
The money raised through these 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.
The college set a goal of reaching 700 givers this year during Giving Day and reached 115% of that goal over the course of 24 hours. The $137,000 raised from 809 givers will only continue to grow over the coming year thanks to new monthly donors gained during Giving Day, with their generosity enabling the college to impact even more students for the better in the future.
Each year, Giving Day focuses on a specific theme to excite and unite alumni. This year, alumni were encouraged to celebrate the college’s current and former chaplains and alumni priests over the course of Giving Day, with alumni priests even sending in videos throughout the day, encouraging people to join them in supporting the Carroll Fund.
The 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 professors Trey and Mary Stanford, a trivia event with professor Mike Brown, and a musical performance from alumnus Joey Kuplack’s band.
“While the alumni community was participating in the online party, students on campus were also participating in the second Dr. Ward Giving Day Pizza Party,” says Vince Criste, Director of Alumni Relations. “As a very generous benefactor and ardent supporter of Christendom College, Dr. John Ward threw a pizza party for the entire student body last year. Dr. Ward passed away earlier this year and, in his honor, the college hosted a second party for students inviting them to pray for the repose of Dr. Ward’s soul. A beautiful spiritual bouquet will be sent to Dr. Ward’s niece signed by hundreds of grateful students. On behalf of the college, I thank all of the alumni and students 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.