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Alumni and benefactors from around the nation joined together in supporting Christendom during the college’s annual Giving Day on March 21, raising over $239,000 in donations for the college. Over 850 gifts, donated by alumni, students, parents, and other members of the college community, were generously given 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.

“Our alumni and parent community came together in a significant way this year for Giving Day, exceeding all our goals and expectations and making a profound impact on the future of the college as a result,” says Karla Hester, board member and Alumni Advisory Council Chair. “As the college celebrates its 45th anniversary this year, our community is ensuring that the mission of the college can continue for years to come. For that, we are enormously grateful.”

The money raised through these donations 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 raising $215,000 this year during Giving Day and reached 112% of that goal as of latest tallies. Currently, over $239,000 has been raised from 851 gifts. Gifts will continue to be tallied as they continue to come in the mail over the coming days.

Each year, Giving Day focuses on a specific theme to excite and unite alumni. This year, alumni were encouraged to celebrate the college’s 45th anniversary over the course of Giving Day, with alumni from around the world participating.

The day culminated in an evening Giving Day livestream, giving alumni the opportunity to participate from anywhere in the world. Hosted by beloved philosophy professor Mike Brown, the Giving Day livestream 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 Sharon Hickson, Daniel McInerny, and Brown, and a trivia event with Brown.

“In addition to the events happening online, the entire student body came together to celebrate Giving Day as well with a pizza party, thanks to the generosity of our late benefactor, John Ward,” says Vince Criste, director of alumni relations. “Thanks to benefactors like John, our students are thriving here at Christendom. We hope that our passionate alumni community will remain inspired by the selflessness of John Ward and others, as together we strive to continue restoring all things in Christ.”

Christendom College is one of a handful of colleges in the U.S. to not accept Federal funds. It therefore relies on the generosity of 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.

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