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Alumni Participation


Our 2019-20 giving campaign proved to be successful for Dillard. 1,237 alumni made gifts totaling $569,726.05. Alumni, we're asking you to answer the call once again in supporting this fiscal year (July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021) alumni giving initiative. 


As of June 30, 2020, 13.73% of our dedicated alumni made a gift to the university, lower than our alumni giving rate from the previous fiscal year. Our goal this year is 30% participation - will you answer the call? Donate Today!


This fiscal year (July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021) we would like to reach 30% Alumni Participation. That means we need roughly 2,650 donors this fiscal year.


DU Alumni, we're calling on YOU! Over the past four years, our Alumni Participation Rate has been at a steady climb! Back in 2013 we were at a little over 4%, and last fiscal year we closed out at 23%! This is an example of how our Alumni are constantly accepting the challenge to help grow and sustain Our Fair Dillard.This fiscal year, 9% of our dedicated Alumni added their names to the list of donors for Our Fair Dillard. Let's get to 30%! Add your name to the list today with a donation of ANY amount. No gift is too small!


This year, we really need YOU! Our goal of 30 percent participation is within reach, but we need all the support we can get by June 30, 2021. And...what makes it easy, is that no gift is too small! You can add your name to the list of supporters by donating as little as $1. But we need you on the list! Make your donation today and help us sustain Fair Dillard!  WE Can Do It!




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External evaluators like U.S. News and World Report use participation rates when calculating rankings. Right now, Dillard’s overall alumni giving rate lags behind that of other colleges and universities like Spelman, Morehouse, Xavier and others.


Annual giving is an essential resource for the university. Some corporations and foundations also require alumni participation rates in proposal requests because they believe their philanthropic or sponsored-research dollars should go to an institution with proven results.


Participation is determined according to the number of alumni who give, rather than the amount of their contribution. That means a $10 gift moves the needle just as much as a $10,000 contribution. Show your love for Dillard by giving!





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