UD receives increasing alumni support on North Texas Giving Day

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Students and employees gathered in front of the tower for a group photo taken by a drone. An email was sent out to the student body encouraging them to wear blue on North Texas Giving Day. (Photo by Kaity Chaikowsky)

On Thursday, Sept. 14th, the University of Dallas participated in North Texas Giving Day (NTGD), an 18-hour opportunity for alumni and other donors to give back to the UD community.

This year UD raised $240,833 in total donations and matching gifts — a 12% increase from last year’s total.

Last year’s donations were a 45% increase from the year before.

Erin Dougherty, Executive Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving, commented, “We’re especially proud that, for the fifth year in a row, the university retained its unofficial title as North Texas’ most generous university community, receiving 545 gifts, nearly three times as many gifts as the next nearest university.”

Dougherty credited this increase in alumni donations to generous donors, “especially those who use their example to encourage fellow members of their community.” Many donors have have begun incentivizing their community by offering to match gifts, up to as much as $50,000. 

An anonymous alumnus from the class of 1992 offered to match any donations from his class up to $15,000 in honor of their upcoming 25th reunion.

This challenge is ongoing, and members of the class of ’92 can donate to meet his challenge until Oct. 15th, the end of Alumni and Family weekend, when the class of ’92 plans to celebrate their reunion.

Other gifts this year came from parents, friends of the university and alumni who offered a total of $110,000 in one to one matching gifts and challenges to the university.

These included a challenge from the parents of two UD alumni who promised $50,000 when donations reached $100,000.

North Texas Giving Day is put on by the Community Foundation of Texas (CFT). Founded in 2009, CFT’s mission is to connect donors with community needs.

They provide the website, marketing and  staff, as well as bonus funds and prize money that is collected over the year from members of the community who want to put their money to good use.

Last year, NTGD raised 3.7 million overall, connecting 142,000 donations to more than 2,500 non profits.

This year, the 2017 NTGD broke records. By midnight on the 15th, NTGD had raised a total of 3.9 million dollars, effectively topping last year’s 3.7 million. CFT connects its donors with many other colleges, universities, and nonprofits in Texas, including Southern Methodist University, the Dallas Food Bank and Hurricane Harvey Relief.

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