Campuswide Generosity Makes a Difference
The St. Edward’s community provides support for students in many ways — academically, emotionally and professionally. Financial support is another essential piece of the puzzle. Each year, our alumni, students, faculty and staff rise to the challenge of ensuring that St. Edward’s can offer an affordable, life-changing opportunity to every student.
As the school year wraps up, so do several fundraising campaigns. 2014–2015 has been a record-breaking year for generosity and philanthropy from everyone, reflecting our shared dedication to our students and our mission.
The “Love Blue, Give Gold” campaign calls on graduates of St. Edward’s to show their school spirit and give back. Only in its second year, it has already surpassed expectations, raising more than $20,000 and involving hundreds of alumni, particularly recent alumni.
The Class of 2015 continued a long-standing tradition of giving at least the dollar amount of their graduating year — in this case, $20.15. Compared to the Class of 2014 campaign, this year’s Senior Giving Campaign saw a roughly 30% increase in student participation.
Every year, 70% or more of the university’s employees express their support for St. Edward’s and our students by giving back to our community, and this year’s campaign was no exception. (In comparison, schools in our peer group tend to be in the 20–50% participation range.)
“For any campaign, the most important part is not the amount of individual gifts but that people participate,” says Sara Hoover ’11, associate director of Individual Giving at St. Edward’s. “Even donations as little as a dollar reflect pride in the university. Alumni giving factors into the university’s national ranking and reputation, so you’re not just helping the university and other students, you’re also improving the prestige of your own diploma.”
When your student graduates, remind him or her to consider the opportunity to give back and make a difference in the St. Edward’s community, just as other students and graduates have done. Donations can be designated for scholarships, the arts, Hilltopper Athletics or wherever the need is greatest. Most gifts go toward the St. Edward’s Fund, which primarily supports scholarships.