Cardinal Stritch University secured more than $2.6 million in charitable contributions for scholarship support and other student-centered initiatives in 2013-14, according to Robert J. Buckla, Ed.D., vice president for university advancement. July 31 marked the close of the fiscal/fund raising year, surpassing the $2.35 million goal.

One of the highlights of the year was the achievement of the 2014 Alumni Challenge goal. More than $57,779.64 was committed to the Alumni Challenge, exceeding the $50,000 goal. Overall, 1,172 alumni donors contributed to Stritch in 2013-14 including 666 participants in the Challenge. 122 of these 666 alumni were first-time donors to the University.

The alumni gifts were matched dollar-for-dollar (within the giving criteria) by: Lisa (Petesch) Badran, B.A.,’87, M.E., ’90 and University Trustee Souheil Badran, B.A, ’88, M.B.A.,’97, of Fox Point; Barbara (Thomas) Barone, B.A.,’63 and husband Frank Barone, Saratoga, Calif.; Lori Craig B.S., ’92, M.S., ’09, of Shorewood; Laurie Tines Peregrine, B.S., ’06 and husband Frank Peregrine of Madison. Alumni Challenge marketing was spearheaded by Joel Cencius ‘XX, director of alumni engagement and annual giving, with assistance from the University Advancement team.

The 2013-14 fund raising total is an approximate 35 percent increase over last year. Furthermore, the University raised $1.1 million more in 2013-14 than in 2011-12. Much of the 2013-14 philanthropy is directed to underwrite student financial aid. Additional funds were secured for Stritch's new Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy program, art education planning, student internships, study abroad, athletics, among other needs.

On behalf of Cardinal Stritch University Alumni Challenge Team of your peer alumni, thank you for your support of Cardinal Stritch University and her students. To our friends, corporations, foundations and organizations who support our mission, thank you.

If you were unable to support Stritch in 2013-14, the 2014-15 Annual Fund is now underway. Click here to make a gift online.