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Friends Help College Raise More Than $300,000 to Close Out Fiscal Year

Posted: July 1, 2018

In the final week of Thomas Aquinas College’s 2018 fiscal year, which ended on June 30, friends of the College rallied to raise more than $154,221 — which, when combined with two matching gifts, amounts to more than $304,221 for student financial aid. (A final total is forthcoming, pending the receipt of gifts made by mail.)

“We dubbed the last week of the fiscal year the Week of Giving, and we set a very ambitious fundraising goal of $300,000 in the hopes of ending the year strong,” says Dr. Paul J. O’Reilly, the College’s vice president for development.“Two very generous members of our Board of Governors agreed to match all gifts, up to $150,000, and that — coupled with the great generosity and hard work of many — enabled us not only to meet that goal, but to surpass it.”

Despite completing their own Day of Giving in March, the College’s alumni took the lead in helping to bring in funds for their alma mater. Graduates of at least two classes pledged matching gifts of their own, allowing their classmates to effectively triple their gifts to the College. Another alumnus personally telephoned every one of his classmates to make sure they did not miss out on the opportunity.

“The alumni really stepped forward, as did so many others, including our governors, parents and other friends of the College,” says Mr. O’Reilly. “It was heartening to see such an outpouring of generosity, which reflects a deep, sacrificial commitment to Catholic liberal education.”