raised in FY2020
the best year of fundraising in the history of the University
to be used in the areas of greatest need
giving program leaders the financial freedom to strategically advance the University’s mission
including 187 for the 1887 Society
the new leadership annual giving community
Dear friends of Catholic University,
We began this past academic year with the public launch of Light the Way: The Campaign for Catholic University. The comprehensive campaign is the most ambitious fundraising endeavor in our 132-year history. To date, we have raised $310.1 million toward our goal of $400 million.
Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic this spring, Catholic University has much to be thankful for. Our community raised $743,256 to help our students facing financial difficulties due to COVID. And thanks to generous donors, we continue to move forward on building a new dining commons and the Conway School of Nursing building.
I’m proud of how we faced the challenges of this past spring together as a community. This next year is filled with more questions than answers, but we are grateful for the support and encouragement of our donor community to help us light the way.
Online premiere! This lighthearted look at recent, current, and planned projects was first screened at the Campaign launch event in September 2019. Some project timelines have since changed.
in annual giving
provides unrestricted support for the overall University, each of the 12 schools, athletics, and select academic departments and programs
$1,854,530 for The Fund for Catholic University
filling the operational gap between revenue and the costs of running a University
$3,121,584 for school- and program-based annual funds
including athletics, student affairs, and the Light the Way Crisis Response Fund
Cardinals flock together
In 2019, we introduced two new philanthropic societies for annual giving and welcomed new members to our existing societies. The generous members of these societies have a transformative impact on the University's students, faculty, and staff.
A new society for leadership annual donors
In November 2019, we debuted the 1887 Society for leadership annual giving. The society celebrates alumni, parents, and friends who make leadership gifts of $5,000 or more to one of the University's annual funds, including The Fund for Catholic University, school annual funds, and various programmatic annual funds.
Even before the society celebrates its first anniversary, it has grown to include 187 generous donors who have answered the call to light the way for others.
When the going gets tough, Cardinals get going
With our friendly giving competitions, the entire University wins. Our community members unite to share their enthusiasm for Catholic University and to raise much-needed resources.
Cardinals become light for Founders Day
Instead of a giving challenge, we celebrated Founders Day 2020 — the anniversary of the University's founding on April 10, 1887 — by focusing on the heroic deeds of our community members in the midst of the early days of the COVID-19 epidemic in the United States.
Through acts both small and large, our community members give us inspiration and hope. They live the wise words of Pope Francis, who called on us to “become light” in his Angelus address on March 22, 2020.
Light the Way Crisis Response Fund
On Founders Day, we launched the Light the Way Crisis Response Fund so that our community members could help with time-sensitive student needs, one-time tuition assistance, and the increased costs of fully integrated online learning.
By the end of FY2020 — less than one month after the Crisis Response Fund launched — the fund received an outpouring of support from 258 donors totaling $743,256. With these generous contributions, 175 students have already been given stipends to cover utility bills, groceries, technology needs, housing costs, and other expenses. To help them continue their studies in the fall, hundreds of additional students will receive tuition assistance due to changes in their financial situations that have resulted from COVID-19.
The Crisis Response Fund will remain open until all student need has been met.
“Thank you so very much for your collective help. I am literally in tears and so grateful for this opportunity to continue my studies. Now, I will be able to study through the summer toward my goal of a graduate degree. I have been given new life for the writing of my papers.”— Rachel L., graduate student, School of Arts and Sciences
450 total students
cumulatively received more than $5.2M
in generous scholarship support, empowering them to achieve their dreams through a Catholic University education
250 undergraduate students
received $2.2M in scholarship support
99 graduate students
received $1M in scholarship support
116 law students
received $2M in scholarship support
Musical Theatre, Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art
David Burchuck Music Scholarship
“As a student in the Rome School of Music, I have had the pleasure of performing in University productions of 9 to 5: The Musical, Legally Blonde, and The Threepenny Opera. In addition to singing, I play cello in the Catholic University Symphony Orchestra.
“Outside of music, I am an Orientation Advisor to first-year students before the start of the academic year. I love getting to know the students and their families while introducing them to all of the wonderful opportunities that the University has to offer.
“After graduation, I look forward to auditioning for professional theatres in the D.C. area while continuing to grow as a musician and artist who has the blessing of a Catholic University education.”
Social Work, National Catholic School of Social Service
McInerney Family Impact Scholarship
“I am called to serve. This academic year as a Jumpstart team leader, I began to tutor underprivileged students in elementary schools. I participate in community service projects, helping out on campus and throughout the city in every way I can.
“After I earn my undergraduate degree, I plan to pursue a Master of Social Work with the National Catholic School of Social Service.”
Law, Columbus School of Law
Eric D. Weissman Scholarship
“Everyone deserves equal access to justice. As a student at the Columbus School of Law, I have gained a deeper appreciation for how public service and pro bono work help the disadvantaged and marginalized.
“Last summer, I served as an intern in a judge's chambers and observed public defenders and other attorneys advocating for their clients, often providing pro bono defenses for those in need. I was inspired by the passion with which attorneys would argue before the judge on behalf of children or underprivileged families.
“I promise to pay forward the support I've received as a scholarship recipient. After graduation, I will continue pro bono representations of clients in need.”
Interdisciplinary Studies, Metropolitan School of Professional Studies
Sheehy Scholarship Fund
“I am passionate about opening safe houses for victims and respondents of domestic violence. The DMV area doesn't have enough space to house everyone in need of emergency shelter. I want to remedy this situation by purchasing buildings to house individuals and their children. I would attach a daycare for infants and toddlers and implement programs for parents to help them replace domestic violence with human dignity. Victims would have the opportunity to find hope and heal mentally, spiritually, and emotionally.
“Domestic violence is an equal opportunity infection that doesn't discriminate. The sooner we take it seriously, the better we can save the lives of our friends and loved ones.”
Scholarship recipients: These are four of the 450 scholarship recipients. Select a portrait to learn more about the student.
“We already know that we’re a first-class institution, but these projects are going to make it even more obvious to the surrounding community here in our nation’s capital.”— Joe Carlini, B.M.E. 1984, P 2021, chairman of the Board of Trustees and Campaign co-chair
One year in the renovated Maloney Hall
In 2020, we celebrate the one-year anniversary of the completion of the first major milestone of Light the Way: The Campaign for Catholic University. For an entire year, the renovated Maloney Hall has served as the home of the Busch School of Business.
Since the renovation was completed in 2019, the Busch School has hosted 296 events, celebrated more than 150 Masses, and hosted more than 5,000 visitors in their new home.
Online premiere! We first screened this video during the opening celebration of Maloney Hall in March 2019, and now, we're sharing it publicly for the first time.
“If the Busch School of Business was available at the time I went to the University, I think I would have had a 10-year head start on what I ended up doing in my life.”— Joseph M. Della Ratta, B.A. 1953, former University Trustee
“What we’re trying to do is change the world, to be a shining light for academia: This is how you can run a research university that’s faithful to the teachings of the Church.”— Aaron Dominguez, provost and professor of physics
74 total events
with more than 7,500 people in attendance cumulatively
hosted by the Division of Advancement to foster engagement with — and among — alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, and friends of the University
More than 1,600 alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends
registered for Cardinal Weekend 2019
200 appointments, gatherings, and events
hosted by our regional engagement programs in Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston
We are grateful for your unparalleled support in Fiscal Year 2020. You are lighting the way for a bright, new era for The Catholic University of America. Thank you!
With 2020-2021, we begin the penultimate year of our seven-year comprehensive Campaign. Now, we contend with an unanticipated, urgent new need to help every Catholic University student facing hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We call on you to contribute to the Light the Way Crisis Response Fund to provide support for time-sensitive student needs, one-time tuition assistance, and the increased costs of fully integrated online learning.
This video was first screened at the Campaign launch event in September 2019. Since then, it has garnered thousands of views online.
Even as we contend with the current crisis, we move forward with our long-term priorities to improve the University's academic environment, enhance faculty excellence, and increase student success. These priorities are present in the specific priorities of the University's 12 schools and athletics.
Contribute to the success of the University in 2020-2021. With your support, the University will light the way as the leading national Catholic research university.