First Annual Cougar Alumni Giving Challenge
Starting Sunday, May 12th, 2019 through June 30th, 2019 the classes from 1972 – 2014 were engaged in a friendly competition to see which class could achieve the highest giving percentage to the Dux Esto Annual Fund.
Here are the results from this successful alumni challenge!
- 399 Alumni Donors
- Total raised was over $41,000
- Every Class from 1972 – 2019 participated
- Top 5 classes had over 10% participation
- and the winning class, with over 20% participation, was…
- The Class of 1999!
Please join us in 2020, when we challenge our Alumni Cougar Family to make a gift to the Dux Esto Annual Fund!
Alumni support is a key factor in the success and growth of Gross Catholic High School. Not only is alumni giving a vote of support in one’s alma mater, it impacts the amount of financial support we are able to offer our current students. At Gross Catholic, class giving as a matter of participation, has lagged behind many of our peer schools. Currently only 1.76% of our 8300 alumni, donate to our Dux Esto Annual Fund. Our goal is to increase alumni giving to our annual fund, through monthly, quarterly or annual gifts.
For this campaign, we are asking alumni to make an investment in Gross Catholic High School through the Dux Esto Annual Fund. The Dux Esto Annual Fund provides day-to-day support for every aspect of our school, including:
- Competitive salaries for our dedicated and talented faculty.
- Tuition assistance for current students. Nearly 75 percent of Cougar families receive tuition assistance. Last year we provided $1.3 million dollars in tuition assistance.
- Preservation of our current buildings and grounds. As we celebrate our 50th Anniversary this year, there are many needs to ensure we maintain our beautiful campus.
- New educational technologies, leading-edge programs and so much more!
No. We want to reward those alumni and classes that have achieved significant annual giving to date. Therefore, giving percentages on Day 1 will include any gifts made during our current fiscal year. Fiscal year to date gifts include any gifts made between 7/1/2018 and 5/11/2019.
Thank you for your support of the students at Gross Catholic! Your gift has been counted in the challenge. But there is an extra incentive for another gift. Anyone who makes a repeat gift (i.e., gifts made by those class members who have donated between 7/1/2018 and 05/11/2019) will get a bonus by being counted again. So, one individual can be counted as two participants. Only 1 extra gift per person will count.
Participation is the goal of this campaign. Every gift has an impact and supports the mission of the school. We challenge alumni to give a monthly reoccurring gift, that represents the number of years since you have graduated. For example, if you graduated in 2008, could you consider giving $10 a month? Or if you are a member of the first graduating class in 1972, consider donating $47 a month.
Company Matching Gifts – Check with your employer, to see if they have an employee matching charitable gift program. Employee Matching Gifts are donations an employer makes to match its employees’ charitable contributions. Usually associated with corporate grant makers, employee matching gifts often are dollar-for-dollar, but some companies will give double or even triple the original donation.
1.) Donate securely online when the link is active in 2020
2.) Write a check to Gross Catholic High School and mail it to:
Cougar Alumni Giving Challenge
7700 S 43rd St
Bellevue, NE 68147
(Please note Alumni Giving Challenge on the memo line.)
3.) Contact Molly McGill Nolte ’99, Director of Alumni Relations, at (402) 734-2000 ext. 123 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
*All donor names will be published as part of our Annual Report in January 2020.
Remember to use the official hashtag #CougarAlumniChallenge
Follow our progress at https://grosscatholic.org/alumni-giving-challenge/
Become a member of Gross Catholic’s Alumni Facebook page
Challenge your classmates to give as well!
Foremost, you get the satisfaction of supporting the young men and women who currently attend your alma mater. Each alumnus that participates will be included in weekly drawings for prizes and the class that has the largest percentage of giving, will be announced on Monday, July 1st. There will be a plaque acknowledging the winning class, on display at the school, for the 2019 – 2020 school year!