Donor issues matching gift challenge

Posted September 18, 2012

Donors to ACU can double or even triple the effects of their gifts this fall, thanks to an anonymous donor who has challenged ACU’s alumni and friends with a $100,000 matching gift to the Exceptional Fund.

Between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31, the challenge will apply a 1:1 match to all Exceptional Fund gifts and pledges by current donors and a 2:1 match for Exceptional Fund gifts and pledges made by new and lapsed donors. The maximum donation eligible for the match is $5,000.

Gifts can be made at ACU’s online giving page.

The 2:1 match, which triples the effects of each gift, applies to gifts made by those who have never given to ACU or haven’t done so since June 1, 2011.

“Every gift matters to our students,” says Phil Boone, vice president for Advancement, “and this challenge is designed to help as many friends and alumni as possible discover the incredible blessing of supporting ACU’s students.”

An annual gift to the Exceptional Fund also helps improve the university’s alumni participation rate, which increased 15 percent last year and is factored into the consideration process of many grant-making foundations and college-ranking services.

The Exceptional Fund provides operating funds for the university on an annual basis toward student scholarships, premier faculty, and innovative programs, which have made ACU one of the top-rated universities in the West.

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.

Give to ACU's Exceptional Fund.