Some 7,300 DePaul alumni and friends gave more than $1.8 million in response to the recently concluded Steans Challenge for Scholarships.
Announced at the May 2010 launch of the university’s $250 million Many Dreams, One Mission Campaign and sponsored by noted Chicago philanthropist Harrison Steans and his family, the Challenge sought not only to raise money for DePaul scholarship funds but also to engage DePaul’s “grassroots” community in the Many Dreams, One Mission effort.
And engage it did—almost 55 percent of Steans Challenge donors had either never given to DePaul (2,116) or had not given to the university in more than three years (1,798).
“We are delighted with the results,” says Vice President of Alumni Outreach and Engagement Patricia O’Donoghue. “The response to the Steans Challenge shows that the DePaul community recognizes their role in helping students achieve their goals.”
In all the Steans Challenge raised $2.8 million, including $1.8 million for various scholarships designated by the donors and $1 million for the Steans Family Endowed Undergraduate Scholarship Fund, which provides financial support for students across the university.