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Centennial Challenge reaches goal

June 19, 2006

In an exciting fiscal year-end push, ACU met the Centennial Challenge for a third and final time. 

ACU received Annual Fund gifts from 6,620 generous donors, exceeding the goal of 6,500. 

For three fiscal years, anonymous friends of ACU have issued a Centennial Challenge as part of the Centennial Campaign. The goal of the Centennial Challenge is to encourage alumni, parents and friends toward increased participation in and giving to ACU’s Annual Fund.

In the 2005-06 academic year, these anonymous donors have offered $250,000 in matching dollars to ACU. However, the donors exceeded what they had committed to give ACU and sent more than $450,000 to help with ACU student scholarships, library and technology upgrades, campus improvements and more.

Including the Challenge gift, Centennial Annual Fund dollars received during the 2005-06 fiscal year totaled $1,697,120. 

Volunteers, including trustees, reunion gift committee members, class agents, and Annual Fund co-chairs, were key in helping ACU have a successful fundraising year, said Dr. John Tyson, vice president for development. 

In addition, many alumni made Centennial Honor and Memory Gifts to recognize special individuals who have played a special role in their lives.  To view the list of Centennial Honor and Memory Gifts from the spring 2006 semester, go to:

To date, the Centennial Campaign has raised $108,852,687.  To make a gift toward the Campaign, go to ACU’s secure giving page at or call ACU Gift Records at 800-588-1514 (toll-free).


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