The Catholic University of America


Rising to the Challenge

  President John Garvey addresses students before the March for Life.

Presidential Challenge: March with Garvey

To encourage friends of The Catholic University of America to donate before the end of the fiscal year, President John Garvey has announced a challenge gift. If 1,000 individuals join him in making a gift to the University between March 1 and April 30, the Garvey family will make a $25,000 gift to the CUA Fund. The first $12,500 will be donated when we reach 500 donors and the remainder will be donated once we hit 1,000.

The purpose of this challenge is to assist the Division of University Advancement in its final push for the fiscal year. The division's goal is to raise $2 million for the CUA Fund this fiscal year and increase alumni participation along the way.

The Division of University Advancement greatly appreciates this generous gift from the Garvey family and we are eager to use this opportunity to engage with the entire CUA community to help close this fiscal year on a high note.

Division of University Advancement Staff Challenge

In early February, Frank Persico, B.A. 1974, M.A. 1976, vice president for University relations, announced a staff giving challenge. Persico has pledged to donate $1,500 to the CUA Fund if the Division of University Advancement can achieve 100% participation from all members of the division by the end of the month. Staff members were encouraged to make a contribution to the CUA Fund in whatever amount they felt most comfortable giving.

“Everyone giving demonstrates to others that we believe in the future of CUA,” said Persico at a recent Division of University Advancement staff meeting. “Fundraisers are continually called upon to find new sources of funds. In doing so, we shouldn’t overlook University community members, who are all essential participants in creating a culture of giving at CUA.”

The division happily reports that they hit their 100% participation goal this past Friday, Feb. 27.

Michael Minetti, B.A. 2007, Associate Director of Alumni Relations
I went to Catholic school my entire life and firmly believe that your education is tied to your faith. I give to CUA because I think it’s important to support students along their faith-based educational journey.

Victoria Rumsey, Manager of Stewardship and Donor Relations
I am appreciative of my role here at CUA and how it folds into the larger success of what we do in the Division of University Advancement. I really enjoy working on the scholarship reports to donors because I get to see the total return of investment from start to finish. Nothing makes me smile more than the impact of their gifts to the students we come across each day here. I get to see up close what motivates our most generous donors to give … and that motivates me! It’s a good cycle.

Bethany Silinski, Associate Director of the CUA Fund
I give to Catholic University because it is my job to ask others to do the same. Setting a good example is contagious!

Emily Wagner, Communications Officer
The beautiful campus, the inspiring teachers, the earnest students, the ideals and ideas around social justice … CUA has provided a great foundation for my professional life and is helping me to chart my future course. How could I not give?

Many employees across CUA have demonstrated a remarkable commitment to our community by making a contribution to the University. If you would like to join the effort, you can do so at our main giving page by clicking here.