531 Challenge

Annual 531 Challenge offers an opportunity to invest in Drury students

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 26, 2017 — Drury University alumni and friends have an opportunity to make their support for tomorrow’s leaders go even further during the annual 531 Challenge during the month of May.

Now in its fourth year, the 531 Challenge is an intense month of fundraising before the end of the fiscal year on May 31. All donations made to Drury during May count toward the 531 Challenge, which does not have a specific dollar goal but rather seeks to boost participation amongst donors. Donations support the Annual Drury Experience Fund, which provides money for student scholarships and financial aid.

The 531 Challenge once again features a generous matching gift, this time from Walter and Susan George and the George Family Foundation. Susan is a 1980 Drury graduate. Walter earned a Drury degree in 1979 and is a member of Drury’s Board of Trustees. The Foundation will make a gift of $50,000 if at least 531 people give, regardless of the amount, during the Challenge.

“We feel like this challenge is a great way for all Drury alumni to participate in the future of the university, and to invest in the transformational power of a Drury degree,” Walter and Susan George say. “It affords all of us who have benefited from a Drury education an opportunity to lead by example, and to make the future just that much brighter for the students who will be tomorrow’s leaders and innovators.”

 

For more information about giving, go to https://alumni.drury.edu/531Challenge or call the Office of University Advancement at (417) 873-7353.

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Media Contact: Andrea Battaglia – Director, Annual Fund & Alumni Relations: (417) 873-7353 or abattaglia@drury.edu.

Third annual “531 Challenge” boosts participation rate, dollar amount raised

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., June 23, 2016 — Drury University’s third annual “531 Challenge” fundraising campaign exceeded its participation goal with 644 total donors, a 5 percent increase over last year.

The 531 Challenge began in April with the goal of 531 donors giving at any level before the last day of May – 5/31 on the calendar. Drury alumna Bobbi Springer ’49 committed to a challenge gift of $50,000 if the participation goal was met. In all, the challenge raised more than $212,000 – a 15 percent increase over last year’s total. The funds will help build academic success, support student engagement, and provide student scholarships.

“We were delighted with the energy surrounding this year’s challenge and are thankful for our alumni and friends who helped Drury exceed this important goal,” said Andrea Battaglia, Director of Annual Giving. “The 531 event encouraged participation rather than a specific dollar amount, and we know that our alumni and friends care deeply about supporting the experiences of Drury students today and in the future.”

“We were thrilled that Drury alumna Bobbi Springer provided the challenge gift this year in honor of her husband Wallace (Wally) Springer ’47, who served Drury as a Trustee from 1978 to 2004 and served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees,” said Judy Thompson, Counsel to the President for Stewardship and Major Gifts. “Bobbi is so proud of her Drury ties and said it was an honor to provide this challenge gift.”

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Successful “531 Challenge” caps off annual giving of more than $940,000

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., June 9, 2015 — Drury University’s second annual “531 Challenge” fundraising campaign exceeded its participation goal with 615 total donors, a 5 percent increase over last year.

The 531 Challenge began in April with the goal of 531 donors giving at any level before the last day of May – 5/31 on the calendar. Drury alumnus and Trustee Bill Vaughan and his wife Kathy committed to a challenge gift of $20,000 if the participation goal was met. In all, the challenge raised more than $180,700.

The challenge wrapped up a successful year at Drury, with over $940,000 raised for the Drury Fund supporting all areas of the student experience, including academic needs and scholarships.

Bill Vaughan

Bill Vaughan

“The response to this year’s challenge was a new level of commitment from our alumni and friends in support of our students and faculty who create a high quality liberal arts and pre-professional education community,” said Dianne Johnson, Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations. “This event asked for participation rather than a specific dollar amount, and we know that our alumni care deeply about supporting the experiences of current and future Drury students.”

“The commitment and support of Drury alumni is essential for the university’s continued success,” said Drury president Dr. David Manuel. “We are grateful for the example set by Bill and Kathy Vaughan, and for the generosity of all of those who contributed to the 531 Challenge this year.”

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Media Contact: Andrea Battaglia, Director of Annual Giving. Office: (417) 873-7353, or email: abattaglia@drury.edu

Second annual ‘531 Challenge’ fundraiser enters final stretch

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., May 26, 2015 — Drury University’s second annual “531 Challenge” fundraising campaign is entering its final week. The campaign’s goal is for at least 531 individual donors give to Drury in some capacity during a six-week period that ends on the final day of May, or 5/31.

The campaign is focused on participation rather than a specific dollar amount, which is reflected in this year’s theme, “Every Donor Matters.” If the participation goal is met by May 31, alumnus and Trustee Bill Vaughan ’74, and his wife Kathy, will contribute an additional $20,000 to build academic success, support student engagement, and provide student scholarships.

“During our inaugural 531 Challenge last year, donors contributed more than $623,000 to the Drury Annual Fund,” says Dianne Johnson, vice president for development and alumni relations. “But more important, we exceeded our participation goal. More than half of those who gave were alumni – but the total also included current students, parents, corporate donors, faculty, staff and friends of the university. The challenge demonstrated the power of community here at Drury.”

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The Drury Annual Fund is made possible through thousands of valuable gifts – of all sizes – from that community. It is a vital source of funding that provides flexibility to cover the most needed expenses to support the entire institution and improve the student experience today and in the future.

For more information on giving, visit www.drury.edu/alumni.

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Successful “531 Challenge” raises more than $623,000 for academics

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., June 9, 2014 — Drury University’s “531 Challenge” fundraising campaign exceeded its participation goal and raised more than $623,000.

The 531 Challenge kicked off April 15th with the goal of 531 donors giving at any level before the last day of May – 5/31 on the calendar. Drury alumnus and longtime supporter Larry O’Reilly committed to a challenge gift of $25,000 if the participation goal was met. Drury exceeded the goal, with a total of 546 donors.

The contributions will go to the Drury Fund for general academic needs and scholarships, as well as designated department needs.

“The 531 Campaign is different in that it seeks a total number of donors, rather than a specific dollar amount,” said Dianne Johnson, Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations. “This is all about participation. We wanted alums and donors to know that every contribution – no matter the size – can make a difference for current and future Drury students.”

A breakdown of donor categories bears this out. The largest donor group was alumni, which accounted for more than half of the contributions. Others who participated included current and former parents, as well as 41 students. Corporate donors, faculty, staff and friends of the university were among the others who contributed.

“The commitment of established Drury alumni, such as Mr. Larry O’Reilly, is a special signal to all who are part of the Drury University community,” said Drury President Dr. David Manuel. “His commitment also serves as an example to many others and we are pleased that Drury donors responded to the challenge.”

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