Thanks to our generous community of donors, Founders Day 2021 was an incredible success. In celebration of Catholic University's founding, this community came together to make 1,059 gifts for a total of $313,443 in support of 80 different University programs.

We are so grateful to see such a far-reaching, diverse group of people unite for 1,887 minutes to give Catholic University the resources it needs to succeed:

Founders Day 2021 stats

The numbers speak clearly: All gifts, no matter the size, can make an impact when our community rallies around a cause.

Although Founders Day 2021 has ended, you still have time to join our community of donors. You can help Catholic University has grow even stronger and better equipped to light the way.

Thank you.

Challenge winners

The competition was fierce, and the following winners emerged

  • Founders Day Video Pre-Challenge
    • Mike Gutelius, B.A. 1992, P '24, the Vincent and Ellen Sica Endowed Head Football Coach: Unlocked $250 for Football
    • Laura B. Wise, B.A. 2002: Unlocked $250 for the Department of History
  • First-Year Residence Hall Pre-Challenge
    • Barbara Thawley, B.A. 1977, J.D. 1981: Unlocked $250 for the area of her choice
    • Brian P. Smith, B.S.Arch. 1977, M.Arch. 1981: Unlocked $250 for the area of his choice
  • Catholic University Pride Pre-Challenge
    • National Catholic School for Social Service (NCSSS): Unlocked $250 for NCSSS
    • University Archives: Unlocked $250 for Libraries (Mullen and Special Collections)
  • Early Bird Challenge
    • Timmy Le, B.S. 2013: Will receive a Pope Leo XIII bobblehead and bobblehead mask
  • 18:87 Challenge
    • Justin Motes: Will receive a Pope Leo XIII bobblehead and bobblehead mask
  • Social Media Champion Challenge
    • Marilina Matta, B.A. 1989, associate dean of undergraduate admission: Unlocked $500 for the Daniel Anderl Memorial Scholarship
  • Parent Challenge
    • Paul and Fiona Hanlon, P '24: Unlocked a private Zoom meeting with their student and President Garvey
  • Ambassador Challenge
    • Taylor Rivera-Stone, B.S. 2018: Unlocked $500 for the area of her choice
  • First-Year Residence Hall Challenge
    • Flather Hall: Will have its name engraved in the Founders Day trophy and residents will have bragging rights for the next year.

Our donors came from across the United States and the world and were connected to Catholic University in a wide variety of ways. We thank you all for celebrating the founding of Catholic University by spreading the word and making a gift.

Thank you to our matching donors

We are most grateful to the following parents, alumni, and friends

  • Steve and Janeece Brophy, P '15
    Hosting the Caldwell Chapel Restoration Match ($20,000): Fully matched!
  • The Alumni Board of Governors
    Hosting The Fund for Catholic University Match ($15,000): Fully matched!
  • Angela Shibetti-Swift, B.A. 1985
    Hosting the Athletics Match ($10,000): Fully matched!
  • Devin Marino, B.S.B.A. 2010
    Hosting the Busch School of Business Match ($5,000): Fully matched!
  • Our anonymous matching donors
    Hosting the Cardinal Cupboard Match ($10,000): Fully matched!
    Hosting the Ciocca Center for Principled Entrepreneurship Match ($5,000): Almost fully matched
    Hosting the 50 States Match ($5,000): Fully matched!