Anonymous donor issues challenge

Posted February 09, 2011

An anonymous donor is challenging ACU friends and alumni. Contributions made to ACU's Exceptional Fund before March 31 of this year will be matched 1:1 up to $50,000.

The Exceptional Fund, formerly known as the Annual Fund, provides operating funds for the university on an annual basis. It provides money for student scholarships, exceptional faculty and the innovative programs that have made ACU the No. 1 Up-and-Coming University in the West, according to U.S. News and World Report.

The challenge corresponds with the recent creation of two gift societies to recognize new donors, especially young alumni, who have made a commitment to support ACU students with regular gifts.

"We are incredibly grateful for this challenge, and we hope it spurs our alumni to consider how they can help a current student get the same life-changing, high-quality education they received at ACU," said Phil Boone, vice president for Advancement. "Every dollar given to the Exceptional Fund helps students come to ACU, where they experience the power of God at work in a Christ-centered atmosphere."

The matching challenge applies to any gifts and pledges made to the Exceptional Fund between Feb. 10 and March 31. Fulfillments of previously made pledges do not count toward the challenge. There is no minimum level required, but the maximum limit per gift is $2,500. Matching corporate or foundation gifts are not eligible. 

Gifts and pledges can be made at the online giving page