When is the Christendom Giving Day?
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
What is Christendom Giving Day?
Christendom Giving Day is a 24-hour online fundraising challenge that aims to rally alumni, faculty, students, parents and others around the world to come together in support of our alma mater and challenge each other to give financially to The Carroll Fund without counting the cost.
What are the goals of the 2019 Giving Day?
The goals of our 2019 Giving Day are to increase our alumni giving by 5 percentage points, from 39% to 44%, as well as to enable parents and the broader Christendom family to support core student needs in The Carroll Fund.
Why does the College rely on donors?
Christendom exists for students – but it takes a community of thousands of supporters for it to flourish. The average student needs a 50% tuition discount. That means, every year there is a gap of millions of dollars between expenses and revenue. This year the gap is $2,575,000, roughly $5,000 per student. Alumni giving helps bridge that gap and is essential for the College to do more.
Why is parent and grandparent giving important?
Families entrust their sons and daughters to Christendom to provide the best Catholic education and formation possible, preparing them to lead lives of holiness and excellence in their callings in life. To make this education possible, Christendom provides generous financial aid each year to about 80% of the student body (young people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend the college). Parents and grandparents who stand shoulder-to-shoulder with other Christendom families by offering their support through The Carroll Fund make our ongoing education in the Truth, Goodness, and Beauty possible.
How does our alumni giving compare to other colleges?
Private liberal arts colleges average around 20%. The two top colleges in the whole country in the US News rankings, Princeton and Thomas Aquinas College, give at levels close to 60%. Christendom’s alumni giving rate leapt from 15% to 39% in 2018 thanks to our thriving alumni family across the country. Boldly moving forward from our 40th anniversary with a strong Alumni Advisory Council, we now have the connected community to sustain this tremendous alumni engagement into the future. With extremely high alumni satisfaction ratings, we have great faith that we can quickly jump to the top of the giving rankings.
Why is alumni giving important?
Increasing alumni giving long-term is critical for any successful college. Among other successful colleges, alumni average an overall 24% of giving. Foundation giving also makes up 30% of giving. Alumni giving rates are a key metric that drives foundations to support colleges. Continued alumni giving will increase giving from multiple sources.
What is The Carroll Fund and how will my donation be used?
The Carroll Fund is the core funding mechanism for Christendom alumni to honor the legacy of Dr. Carroll and support the critical needs of students each year in these five essential areas: 1) financial aid, 2) counseling and spiritual development, 3) career services, 4) athletics, and 5) faculty and staff salaries.
Will my small monthly donation make a difference?
All gifts make a difference in the lives of students. We can’t all give $100,000, but we can give $10 or $25 or $50 a month. To illustrate the impact, if even ½ our alumni gave $25/mo., that would be $450,000 each year. Even better, each new monthly gift will unlock thousands of dollars in “challenge funds” from our alumni and parent “Carroll Fund Builders” to maximize the impact of all donations.
Besides making a donation, how else can I help?
You can provide additional support by praying for a successful Giving Day. You can also spread the word through social media and email. Check out our Social Media section for some tips on how to best spread the word. We even provide some sample posts and pictures for Facebook and Twitter.
I will not be available online on April 24, Can I give by mail or over the phone?
While Christendom Giving Day is a virtual event, the college would be more than happy to accept your donation either by mail or phone. To give by mail, please send a check to the following: Christendom College c/o The Carroll Fund 134 Christendom Drive Front Royal, VA 22630 Please write Giving Day in the memo line of your check. To give by phone, please call Vince Criste at (540) 551-9180.
Can my employer match my gift?
There are many companies that offer matching gift programs. Please contact your HR department for more information on matching higher education non-profit organizations.
Is my gift on Christendom Giving Day still tax deductible?
Yes. All gifts to Christendom Giving Day are considered a charitable donation. Your gift will be acknowledged with a receipt for your tax records from the Advancement Office.
I have more questions about Giving Day. Who can I contact?
Feel free to contact your Class Rep, any members of the Alumni Advisory Council, or reach out directly to Karla Hester
How can I be part of the "Carroll Fund Builders"?
“Challenge Funds” refers to the incentive pool that helps donations go further on #ChristendomGivingDay. This pool is generously sponsored by a group of alumni and parents that are referred to as “Carroll Fund Builders”. If you would like to be a “Builder” and pledge $10k or more toward Giving Day challenge funds please contact Karla Hester.
Will there be any special events on Giving Day? Can I host an event in my city?
Yes! Alumni in various cities will be hosting socials and happy hours on Giving Day, April 24. Check back for updates on locations. If you would like to host/organize a social on April 24 please contact Karla Hester Denver, CO – Location TBD Front Royal, VA – Christendom College – Happy Hour at St. Kilian’s Irving, TX – Hester Home – Pizza Party & Happy Hour – 5-8pm Manassas, VA – Location TBD