Loras Sets Record in Donations for Second Consecutive Year

The 2019 Loras Legacy Ball raised more than $275,000 for the College.

Thanks to the generosity of Loras alumni, students, parents, friends, faculty and staff, Loras raised over $13,900,000 in cash from nearly 8,000 donors this past fiscal year. That is the most raised in Loras’ 180-year history, surpassing the previous record set last year by over $1,500,000, or 12.5%.

Additional successes related to the past fiscal year include:

• Unrestricted gifts made to Loras provide an immediate impact and support to students, faculty and staff. We raised over $2,300,000 in unrestricted gifts. A few examples of what unrestricted gifts support includes student aid, academic competitions, student and faculty presentations at off campus conferences and campus beautification.

 Gifts to endowed chairs, scholarships and programs totaled over $2,300,000. Gifts to endowed funds provide much needed support to student scholarships, faculty support and programmatic offerings.

 Loras received its largest one-time cash gift of $5,000,000 thanks to the generosity of the late Bill Miller (A ’52) and his late wife, JoAnne. We have since renamed the Academic Resource Center the Bill (A ’52) and JoAnne Miller Academic Resource Center in their honor.

 Leadership giving continues to have a powerful impact. Nearly 1,200 total members joined the St. Joseph Society for leadership giving totaling nearly $12,700,000.

 Gifts up to $250 totaled nearly $400,000. Every gift makes a difference providing support for financial aid, academics, research and other programs – thank you for making an impact!

 Monsignor Foley Heritage Society continues to grow. Members of this society have confirmed that they included Loras in their estate plans. This year we added 14 new members. This brings the Society to over 650 total members – we are grateful for their thoughtfulness and generosity.

 GOLD (Graduates Of the Last Decade) donor participation continues to excel. GOLD participation once again outpaced the national average of young alumni giving, giving at over 21%, 3% over the national average.

Duhawk Day
A record number of donors took part in the annual Duhawk Day celebration.

 Duhawk Day once again surpassed its 1,450 donor goal, setting a new record with 1,895 donors in 24-hours. This beats last year’s record-breaking year of 1,693 donors by 12%. We are thankful for those who CELEBRATED, UNITED and SUPPORTED Duhawk Day 2019.

Giving to Loras, regardless of amount, allows us to continue to provide a high-quality, Catholic, liberal arts education at an affordable price. Our ability to graduate leaders who excel professionally, contribute selflessly, live ethically and practice their faith is made possible because of your kind and generous support.