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New Centennial Challenge issued for 2005-06

September 27, 2005

Anonymous donors have, for the third consecutive school year, issued a $250,000 challenge to alumni and friends in honor of Abilene Christian University's Centennial. The gift-matching challenge encourages alumni, parents and friends to make a first gift or renew their support for ACU’s Centennial Annual Fund.

New or upgraded gifts to any of the Centennial Annual Fund designations made by Dec. 31, 2005 qualify for a one-to-one match under the Centennial Challenge. These gift designations include:

  • Centennial Annual Fund
  • Centennial Annual Fund: College of Arts and Sciences
  • Centennial Annual Fund: College of Biblical Studies
  • Centennial Annual Fund: College of Business Administration
  • Centennial Annual Fund: Library and Technology
  • Science-Math Research Fund
  • Hope for the Future Scholarships

In addition, a goal of the challenge is to increase the number of alumni donors to 7,500 by May 31, 2006. This is a significant increase over last year and will require the support of close to 1,500 additional alumni donors, said Rendi Hahn, development program manager.

During the 2004-05 school year, 6,623 alumni, parent and friend donors made qualifying gifts totaling $571,798.86. These gifts were used in a variety of ways across campus, including scholarship aid to students; campus improvement projects, including The Depot and residence hall upgrades; print and electronic additions to the library; upgrades to computer labs; and much more.

For additional details on the Challenge, view the Challenge Web site at

If you would like to help meet the 2005-06 Centennial Challenge and make a gift in support of ACU's students and mission, there are various ways to give:

  • On ACU's secure online giving website:
  • By phone: 325-674-2612 or 888-414-4228 (toll-free)
  • By mail: ACU Gift Records, ACU Box 29132, Abilene, TX 79699-9132

ACU, a national leader in Christian higher education with 4,700 students from around the world, was founded Sept. 11, 1906. The university is celebrating its Centennial year from Aug. 22, 2005 to Sept. 11, 2006 with the theme "Called to Faith and Excellence."


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