LORAS COLLEGE SURPASSES DUHAWK DAY CHALLENGE WITH 1,477 DONORS IN 24 HOURS

Following Loras College’s 3rd annual Duhawk Day on Thursday, May 21, 2015, the College has announced it received 1,477 donors in one day, exceeding its goal of 1,450 donors. Furthermore, more than 400 attendees celebrated at 23 events across the country and thousands of individuals participated through social media and informal gatherings.
 
“Duhawk Day is focused on spirit and passion for Loras College, and this year, we had it in spades,” said Mike Doyle (’91), vice president for institutional advancement.
 
“When we increased our donor goal nearly 26 percent over last year, our Duhawks were presented with quite a challenge,” continued Doyle. “We knew they would be up to it, but reaching 1,477 donors in 24 hours is simply remarkable. Many private Catholic colleges do not attract that many donors on an annual basis—let alone in one day. The entire campus community is blown away by the extraordinary generosity and devotion of our supporters.”
 
As the donor goal was exceeded, Loras College received a $15,000 donation from the anonymous 1985 alumnus who issued the Duhawk Day gift-challenge. In spirit of the occasion, anonymous donors stunned the College with gifts of $25,000 and even $400,000.
 
“Loras College has seen great success with Duhawk Day—so much so that schools like Cornell College, Luther College, St. Ambrose University, Wartburg College, Clarke University and William Penn University have reached out to our staff for advice and guidance on their own 24-hour, social media giving campaigns,” said Doyle.
 
Donations received through Duhawk Day will benefit Loras College’s $75 million Inspiring Lives & Leadership campaign—the largest fundraising campaign in the 176-year history of the College. In addition to raising funds to support student aid and faculty/staff professional development, the campaign seeks funds to build upon the launch of its MBA program, business analytics initiative and other academic programs. As of April 30, 2015, the campaign has raised $70.1 million through more than 18,000 donors.