Founders Day 2018 (April 10, 2018) was the biggest single day of giving in the history of The Catholic University of America. We're still finalizing the official tally, but according to our initial estimate, 1,465 of you participated in the Founders Day Giving Challenge, raising $562,746 (including challenge gifts) for the University's schools, teams, and causes.

You've far exceeded our goals and expectations for the day. But these numbers don't tell the full story. You rallied behind the University in a way we've never seen before. In addition to giving, you promoted the day on social media, emailed and called your friends, attended our celebration in McMahon, and, most importantly, you shared your personal stories about why Catholic University is worth supporting.

We encourage you to continue to be involved and help us foster this wonderful community:

Join @CatholicUalumni on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

On these official accounts for alumni and supporters of the University, we post events, news, stories, and opportunities to be involved.

Become a social media ambassador

Across the country, ambassadors promoted Founders Day. Sign up to help with future initiatives.

Support the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music

In honor of choir members from the school performing Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the L.A. Philharmonic at the Kennedy Center (Buy tickets here!), John Mosby Russell, B.A. 1950, M.S.W. 1952, will match all new and increased gifts up to $10,000 through the performance date of April 26.

Join a service project

Throughout April, participate in Cardinal Days of Service. You can volunteer independently or join a project led by a member of our community.

Attend an event

View our calendar of events! From the Department of Drama's performance of Our Town to Cardinal Weekend 2018, you're likely to find an event you or a friend may want to attend.

Whether you joined the challenge yesterday or made a gift earlier in the year, we thank you for your support. Together, we will brighten the future for The Catholic University of America.

Winner: Sabak Social Media Challenge

We congratulate Elisa D'Egidio, Politics, Class of 2019, for winning the Sabak Social Media Challenge with her Instagram post that had more than 1,100 likes at 9 p.m.!

THE SPIRIT OF GIVING ||Today we are celebrating Founders Day at #CatholicU, as a member of @catholicspc and @stf.cua I’m so excited to share to support today’s giving challenge. ALSO— If we get the most likes on this photos we can win a social media challenge and raise enough to send 2 girls to high school in low income countries! #CUFoundersDay #shesthefirst 

Challenge donors

We thank our challenge donors for their generosity and for committing to this challenge in its infancy. Thank you for believing in the Catholic University community!

Our challenge donors

Published on: Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Tags: The Fund for Catholic University, Founders Day, Founders Day Giving Challenge