The Voice: Spring 2003

The Voice

Matching Challenge Fund sparks increase in annual fund

A matching challenge underwritten by a small group of close friends of the college has generated a much-needed major increase in the Dordt College Fund, the annual fund-raising effort for the operational needs of the institution.

A group of fourteen friends of the college pooled their resources last summer to create a $120,000 “matching challenge” fund that could be used to challenge alumni and friends to make significant first-time or increased gifts to the Fund.

The response to the matching challenge was exceptional. Participation in the Dordt College Fund Leadership Gifts Program (individual gifts of $1000 or more per year) and in the fall phonathon generated a combined increase of $221,000 (thirty percent) from the 2001-2002 total of $729,000, up to a projected total of $950,000 for the 2002-2003 Dordt College Fund.

Special thanks to the loyal friends who made generous gift commitments to underwrite the Matching Challenge Fund. And special thanks, too, to the hundreds of alumni and friends who responded to the challenge by making first-time gifts or increased their giving to meet the minimum levels required to generate matching gift contributions.