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Alumni volunteers help Loyola fundraising reach its highest mark in 20 years

August 30, 2013

Loyola University New Orleans donors and alumni volunteers are backing the Pack now more than ever, and year-end giving numbers show it. Loyola marked the close of its 2012-13 academic year July 31, and according to the Office of Development, donors provided the university with its highest level of gift income in the past 20 years.

Chris Wiseman '88, Ph.D., associate vice president for development in Loyola’s Office of Institutional Advancement, said the university received more than $11 million in actual gift income for 2012-13. Unrestricted gifts of any size given through the Loyola Fund also reached record levels, topping out at $800,000. In addition, the number of alumni who gave this year increased over last year.

“During these challenging times as Loyola faces a budget shortfall, alumni support and volunteer action are more important and more meaningful than ever,” Wiseman said. “Alumni volunteers—from trustees and CEOs to high school teachers and accountants—have really rallied to the Loyola cause as volunteer fundraisers. With their gifts and volunteer work, Loyola's alumni and friends are telling us in impressive ways that they believe in our current students and faculty, as well as in the future of the university.”

By renewing support or giving for the first time, Loyola alumni and friends show the world the value of Loyola’s Jesuit education—an education inspired by St. Ignatius Loyola's vision to teach students to work for a more just world and to pursue truth, wisdom and virtue. Alumni participation is directly tied to the university’s national rankings on leading lists such as those produced by U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review and others.

“Giving back to Loyola is paying it forward for all that the university has done for me,” said Amy Sins '98, president of the Loyola Alumni Association and chef owner of Langlois Culinary Crossroads. “I am proud to support my alma mater, and I know that my gift will help deserving students access the same great education that I did.”

Approximately one-third of Loyola students are first-generation college students. Loyola continuously seeks to make college a reality for students who are the first in their family to go to college, lowering financial barriers to entry through financial aid. Gifts to Loyola help make college a reality for many of these students.

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