Fourth annual “531 Challenge” boosts participation rate, amount raised


SPRINGFIELD, Mo., June 7, 2017 — Drury University’s fourth annual “531 Challenge” fundraising campaign exceeded its participation goal with 663 total donors, an increase over last year.

The 531 Challenge kicked off on May 1 with the goal of 531 donors giving at any level before the last day of May – 5/31 on the calendar. Drury alumni, Walter ’79 and Susan George ’80, and the George Family Foundation, committed to a challenge gift of $50,000 if the participation goal was met. George said, “Susan and I feel like this challenge is a great way for all Drury Alumni to participate in the future of the University. It becomes the signature event to end the fiscal year and affords an opportunity for us to lead by example in making Drury better.”

In all, the challenge has raised more than $539,000. All gifts to Drury during this time were counted for the 531 Challenge, including support for the Annual Drury Experience Fund, which provides money for student scholarships and financial aid.

“We continue to see enthusiasm and excitement around our annual 531 challenge. We are proud to again have exceeded our goal and are humbled and thankful for the continued support of our alumni and friends,” said Andrea Battaglia, Director of Annual Giving. “The 531 event encouraged participation rather than a specific dollar amount, and we know that our Drury Family has embraced this Drury tradition which supports student scholarships and financial aid.”

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Andrea Battaglia
Director of Annual Giving
Office: (417) 873-7353