2020: Stories of hope and inspiration

We are celebrating Founders Day 2020 differently. Given the global health crisis, a giving challenge is not an appropriate celebration this year. Instead we are focusing on some of the heroes within our community who are giving us hope and inspiration in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic: alumni, faculty, staff, students, parents, and friends who are embodying the founding principles of Catholic University in this time of crisis.

Read the stories

Crisis Response Fund

In response to your humbling questions about how to help students experiencing hardship, we have established Light the Way Crisis Response Fund. Our initial goal is to raise $300,000 for this urgent need. President and Mrs. Garvey have already given $50,000 to aid our collective effort. Please consider joining them in supporting Catholic University and our students during this unprecedented time.

2021: Challenge returns

Celebrate the founding of The Catholic University of America by participating in our annual day of giving!

Every year in early April, we gamify philanthropic support with a series of time-sensitive giving challenges. By presenting shared goals and stimulating friendly rivalries, we foster a communal sense of Cardinal pride.

As an individual, you can vie for glory on social media. As part of a community, you can help your favorite department, school, athletic team, or student organization unlock generously donated challenge prizes.

No matter the size of your gift, you make The Founders Day Giving Challenge successful just by participating. Thank you!

Become a social media ambassador

We seek social media ambassadors who will support our efforts to advance Catholic University. Most prominently, we ask our ambassadors to promote The Founders Day Giving Challenge.

In advance of the challenge, we’ll send you free swag and talking points. You’ll encourage your social circles to join you in supporting Catholic University with a gift.

Our ambassadors are creative, persuasive, and persistent. Take a moment to sign up now!

Become a challenge donor

Most of the fun of The Founders Day Giving Challenge comes from donors who contribute large challenge gifts that need to be unlocked. We’d love to talk with you about how your gift could be leveraged into a challenge gift. Please contact Karalee Harhaji at 202-319-4978 or harhaji [at] cua.edu if you’re interested in discussing how to become a challenge donor!