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Anonymous donor to give $100,000 to Loyola after successful Centennial Challenge

May 17, 2013

An anonymous donor will give Loyola University New Orleans $100,000, marking the end of the university's successful Centennial Challenge—a special fundraising campaign calling for 2,500 new donors in order to receive the funding boost. Though the final results are still being tabulated, early projections indicate Loyola exceeded the challenge by far—garnering gifts from more than 2,600 new donors from March 15 to May 12.

“All of that happened because one donor had a generous gift and an idea to inspire others,” said Chris Wiseman, Ph.D, associate vice president for development. “We learned just how many people care about Loyola and were receptive to this message and challenge.”

Many joined in the Centennial Challenge's "be in that number" campaign on social media, including New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, a 1985 Loyola College of Law graduate. Landrieu was the 2,160th donor to give to the challenge.

“The centennial year has brought out the best in the Loyola community. This tremendous gesture on behalf of a loyal university supporter will serve to unify Loyola’s remarkable alumni and enable Loyola to continue to provide its students with an outstanding Jesuit education,” said Loyola President Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D.

The Centennial Challenge resulted in a significant jump in alumni donations to Loyola. From March 15 to May 12 this year, 1,000 additional alumni gave to the university compared to the same two-month period last year.

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