After calculating the comprehensive total from Thursday’s North Texas Giving Day (NTGD), the University of Dallas will retain its unofficial title as the most generous university in North Texas.
With nearly $275,000 raised from 556 gifts, UD ranked first among all colleges and universities, and 10th among almost 400 North Texas schools, thanks to the generosity of alumni, staff, faculty and so many others in the UD community.
“This year's achievement is due to the incredible love for UD from our community,” said Vice President for University Advancement Kris Munoz Vetter. “We are especially grateful to UD trustee Nick Serafy, and his wife, Viveca, who generously provided matching funds for this year's effort.”
Vetter noted that the success of North Texas Giving Day contributes to the growing excitement over the inauguration of UD’s 10th president, Dr. Jonathan J. Sanford, this Friday: “This is such an exciting time of growth and optimism for UD, as we officially hit two big milestones -- reaching a record level of undergraduate enrollment and the $100 million mark in our endowment, all just in the last few weeks.”
Proceeds from this year’s NTGD that were not otherwise designated will be used to support UD’s Cor Scholarship Fund, noted President Sanford, Ph.D.
“Flexible scholarship dollars are so important to what we do here at UD,” said Sanford. “This fund provides the university with the ability to award scholarships to students in need. The distinctive Catholic liberal arts education that UD provides will equip them to be leaders in service to their own communities, in the Church, and in our country.”
The Communities Foundation of Texas — the largest community foundation in Texas — first launched NTGD in 2009 to serve as a hub connecting donors with local nonprofits. NTGD is the largest communitywide giving event in the nation and raised a record $66 million this year for North Texas organizations.