For Immediate Release
March 20, 2019
Interim Director of Communications & Marketing
Director of Annual Giving
DUBUQUE, Iowa – For the seventh consecutive year, Loras College and its vast community of students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends, came together to celebrate Duhawk Day Wednesday, March 13. Once again, the Loras community came out in full support, totaling 1,895, 445 more than the goal of 1,450.
“I am still speechless,” Cayla Schneider, director of annual giving, said. “The amount of support and energy from the entire Loras community was incredible. Surpassing our goal of 1,450 donors and surpassing our stretch goal of 1,839 donors, set at 5pm on the 13th, speaks volumes about Duhawks everywhere.”
Since 2013, Duhawk Day has provided an opportunity for the Loras community to come together and celebrate, unite and support Loras College with philanthropy at the core to better provide for current and future generations of Duhawks. Despite Facebook and Instagram being out of service during much of the day, Duhawks still managed to share their love and pride for Loras.
To encourage participation for Duhawk Day 2019, donors came forward with 10 matching gifts and the Advancement Department instituted 12 challenges to encourage participation.
One challenge, sponsored by Kevin (’13) and Stephanie Meyers, tasked graduates of the last decade (GOLD) to give back to Loras with a goal of 225 donors.
“One of the things I was taught through my Catholic education and upbringing was that to be a good steward, you have to give back, whether that’s through service, time or money,” Meyers said. “Regardless of what other expenses we have our life, we still make it a priority to make a contribution to Loras. It was a place that helped shape me and gave a lot for me in my life.”
Locally, Duhawks gathered at multiple locations including the Alumni Campus Center and 7 Hills Brewery, as well as regional venues in Atlanta, Des Moines, Chicago and Arlington, Va. among others.
In addition to the total donor count increasing from 2018 to 2019, several other groups saw increased donor involvement, including students, faculty/staff and parents.
Duhawk Day – By the Numbers:
• $198,897.50 raised by 8,760 total donor contributions of $100 or less since 2013
• GOLD Donors have accounted for 1,604 gifts totaling $82,990.42 since 2013
• 316 Duhawk Couples have accounted for 847 gifts since 2013
• In 2019, 395 student donors, a 60 percent increase from 2018
• Since 2013, Duhawk Day has received gifts from 10,340 donors
• 2019 resulted in more than 350 first time donors
• Faculty & Staff donors increased by more than 20 percent from 2018 to 2019
• 163 7-Time Donors
About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2018, Loras was the highest ranked Catholic college in the state of Iowa according to College Consensus, the 13th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 10th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).