Young Alumni Challenge Sets New Single-Day Donor Record

Records come in many forms, particularly during Monon Bell week. This year, though, it was DePauw’s young alumni who broke records and set new ones. First, there was the challenge, the GOLD Challenge.

Records come in many forms, particularly during Monon Bell week. This year, though, it was DePauw’s young alumni who broke records and set new ones.

First, there was the challenge, the GOLD Challenge.

Betty ’56 and Bob Allen offered to make a $50,000 gift to The Fund for DePauw (formerly the Annual Fund) if 500 of DePauw’s Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) made a gift—of any size—during a 24-hour period leading up to the 121st gridiron meeting between Wabash College and the DePauw Tigers. In short, if 500 GOLD alumni made a gift to The Fund for DePauw on November 12, the Allens would make a $50,000 gift of their own; that’s a $100 challenge gift for every single GOLD donor.

The results?  By mid-afternoon on that day, DePauw’s GOLD alumni blew past the goal. Because The Fund for DePauw is a central campaign priority, each gift also counted as support for The Campaign for DePauw.

“If Monon Week isn’t the time to show your pride for DePauw, then I don’t know when is,” said Ted Tubekis ‘08, president of the GOLD Council.  “It was so gratifying to see our classmates stepping up to make their impact on this challenge. Reading the posts online from GOLD Alumni about why they made their gift and how DePauw had made a difference in their lives reinforced why we supported this challenge.”

With the first goal met, Brent ’89 and Casey ’90 St. John offered a $10,000 addition to the challenge. Like the initial challenge, if 100 young alumni made a gift, the St. Johns would make a $10,000 gift of their own.

Again, DePauw’s young alumni blew straight past that goal.

When all was said and done, the challenge was extended three separate times (with generous new challenge gifts made by Marc ’75 and Cindy Veatch and two DePauw administrators: Raj Bellani, dean for experiential learning and career planning, and another administrator who wishes to remain anonymous).

“I was absolutely floored by the gestures of these matching gifts because it showed the gifts from GOLD alumni were not going unnoticed,” Tubekis added. “It was a fantastic moment for the entire alumni community, GOLD and beyond.”

In total, 742 GOLD donors made gifts during the course of the day, besting the previous single-day record of 541 gifts from GOLD alumni. Together, they raised $30,993 for The Fund for DePauw and saw their gifts matched by $72,500 in contributions from the challengers.


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