Donor issues matching gift challenge

Posted February 27, 2012

An anonymous donor has challenged ACU’s friends and alumni with a $100,000 matching gift to the Exceptional Fund, doubling the effects of each donor’s gift to the fund before May 31.

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 applies a 1:1 match to all Exceptional Fund gifts and pledges no greater than $5,000 made between Feb. 20 and May 31, up to a total of $100,000. Gifts can be made at ACU’s online giving page.

"This is an incredible opportunity for ACU’s friends and alumni to make a tremendous mark on the lives of our students," said Phil Boone, vice president for Advancement. "We are so grateful for the generosity of this anonymous donor – and for the generosity of the many donors who will step up and meet this challenge."

An annual gift to the Exceptional Fund not only benefits ACU’s students, but also helps improve the university’s U.S. News and World Report college ranking.

"Alumni participation is an important piece of how ACU is perceived," said Craig Fisher, director of Alumni Relations and Annual Projects, "and we’re excited about the potential this challenge has to help us in that area."

Fulfillments of previously committed pledges do not count toward the challenge, and matching corporate or foundation gifts are not eligible. There is no minimum level of giving required for the match.