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Friends Give More Than $500,000 for 2019 Week of Giving!

Posted: July 1, 2019

For Thomas Aquinas College’s 2019 Week of Giving, which ended on Sunday, friends of the College rallied to raise more than $285,993 — which, when combined with three matching gifts, amounts to more than $510,993. (A final total is forthcoming, pending the receipt of gifts made by mail.)

“We are overwhelmed by the generosity that so many friends of the College have exhibited this year, contributing nearly double the amount from last year’s inaugural Week of Giving,” says Vice President Paul J. O’Reilly. “There seems to be real enthusiasm for our plans to open a second campus in New England this fall. Those who love Catholic liberal education are delighted to see that this college is thriving, and they are giving, often sacrificially, to ensure our success.”

This year’s Week of Giving began with two benefactors’ matching gifts of $175,000. By midweek, however, friends of the College had already eclipsed that amount in their giving, so a member of the Board of Governors stepped forward with an additional matching gift of $50,000, increasing the available matching funds to $225,000. Incredibly, the College’s many benefactors surpassed that goal as well.
 
“On behalf of the College’s faculty, staff and, most of all, our students, thank you to all contributed to this year’s Week of Giving,” says Mr. O’Reilly. “Your gift will help to make Catholic liberal education available to a whole new class of students, both in California and in New England. Through your generosity, minds will be opened to profound ideas, hearts will be moved by the love of Christ, and lives will be changed as young people discern vocations and prepare for lives of service in the Church and the world.