Thanks to our community of generous donors, the 2022 Founders Day Giving Challenge was an incredible success. Alumni, parents, faculty, staff, friends, and students raised more than $357,000 across 72 University initiatives and priorities. But most importantly, the Cardinal family united to make 834 gifts in celebration of The Catholic University of America, and the results were amazing.

We are incredibly grateful that so many people chose to celebrate the 135th anniversary of the founding of Catholic University. The strength of our Cardinal community can be measured by its generosity. In one day, our community members rallied with the singular purpose of supporting Catholic University. Because of this support, we can ensure that the University's founding mission continues to light the way for our nation, the Church, and the world.

We thank everyone who participated in the Founders Day Giving Challenge. If you missed the celebration, you can make a gift online now.

We encourage you to view the leaderboards online and continue reading this story to see the totals for the day, the matching gifts that were fully unlocked, and our prize-winning donors. (Note: Some of our totals may change as we receive more gifts in the mail for the Founders Day Giving Challenge.)

Go Cards!

Challenge totals

$352,544

raised

788

gifts

Matching gifts unlocked
Aubry-LeBuffe Endowed Scholarship
Anonymous sponsor

The scholarship unlocked $20,000. Its $5,000 goal was matched one-for-one, and once the goal was met, an additional $15,000 was unlocked. We thank our anonymous challenge sponsor and the 18 donors who contributed a total of $25,315 to the scholarship.

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School of Theology and Religious Studies
Anonymous sponsor

The school unlocked $15,000 after reaching its $5,000 goal. We thank our anonymous challenge sponsor and the 39 donors who contributed a total of $34,884 to the school.

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All 50 States
Sponsored by John Scarlata, B.M.E. 1973, Michael Wagner, B.A. 1982, and anonymous

The Fund for Catholic University unlocked $8,500. After donors from 10 states participated in the challenge, $1,000 was unlocked; $2,500 after donors from 25 states; and $5,000 after donors from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. We thank Mr. Scarlata, Mr. Wagner, and our anonymous challenge sponsor, along with everyone whose participation helped us cover the map.

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School of Engineering
Sponsored by David Danner, Ph.D. 1982

The school unlocked $5,000 after reaching its $5,000 goal. We thank Dr. Danner for sponsoring the match and the 31 donors who contributed a total of $10,557 to the school.

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Cardinal Cupboard
Anonymous sponsor

The Campus Ministry program unlocked $5,000 after reaching its $5,000 goal. We thank our anonymous challenge sponsor and the 13 donors who contributed a total of $16,100 to the program.

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Military and Veteran Student Services
Anonymous sponsor

The program unlocked $5,000 after reaching its $5,000 goal. We thank our anonymous challenge sponsor and the 10 donors who contributed a total of $11,530 to the program.

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Class of 2022 Senior Class Gift
Anonymous sponsor

The Class of 2022 Impact Scholarship unlocked $5,000. Its $1,000 goal was matched one-for-one, and once the goal was met, an additional $4,000 was unlocked. We thank our anonymous challenge sponsor and the 19 donors who contributed a total of $7,236 to the scholarship.

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Prize winners
Early Cardinal Special
Sponsored by the Alumni Association

Our anonymous first donor on Tuesday, April 5, won a Pope Leo XIII bobblehead and a pair of Catholic University socks.

Set Your Alarm for 18:87
Sponsored by the Division of University Advancement

Four donors made gifts at exactly 18:87 (7:27 p.m. EDT) and won Pope Leo XIII bobbleheads and Catholic University socks: Kristine Edbauer, P '25, Rob Specter, Marilina Matta, B.A. 1989, and an anonymous donor.

Socks on Socks on Socks
Sponsored by the Student Philanthropy Council

Five randomly selected student donors won Catholic University socks: Katherine Chmielewski, Class of 2023; Isabella Wagner, Class of 2022; Cody Capel, Class of 2023; Audrey Diaz, Class of 2022; and Joseph Sparmo, Class of 2025.

Calling All Parents
Sponsored by the Division of University Advancement

One randomly selected household of parents won coffee in the fall with incoming President Peter Kilpatrick: Jennifer O'Donnell, P '24.

Go Behind the Scenes
Sponsored by the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art

One randomly selected donor to the Rome School or its individual departments won four tickets to a dress rehearsal for a fall play, musical, or opera: Kirk Kreuzwieser, P '23.

Donors of $1,887
Sponsored by the Division of University Advancement

One randomly selected anonymous donor of $1,887 won Pope Leo XIII bobbleheads and Catholic University socks.

Last Across the Finish Line
Sponsored by the Alumni Association

Our last donor on Tuesday, April 5, won two pairs of socks: Joseph Friedmann, P '24.

 

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Campaign Progress
 
 
$437.0M
Goal
Original: $400M
Extended: $500M