Does my gift really make a difference?
Absolutely. Gifts to the Annual Fund range from a couple dollars to more than $50,000. When all is complete, each gift is one vote of confidence for Loyola and one more notch in Loyola's donor participation rate. Regardless of the amount you give, you are having an impact on today's students, and making a sound investment in the future of Loyola and the value of your own degree.
Where exactly does my gift to the Annual Fund go?
The Annual Fund helps to offset the University's expenses not fully funded by tuition income - in other words, it's essential. To learn more about the surprising ways and places your generosity is shaping Loyola today, please visit www.loyola.edu/yourimpact.
How often should I expect to be contacted by the Annual Fund?
The fund's fiscal year begins on June 1 and concludes on May 31, operating alongside the University's regular academic year. Throughout the year, we attempt to reach our alumni by mail, email, and through our student-led Phonathon.
I already gave this year, why are you contacting me again?
In many cases, an individual may have given in the spring, which means they gave during the current calendar year, but not in the new fiscal year which began on June 1. Since we have kicked off a new campaign, we are most likely seeking your renewed support. If you like, we can try you in the spring, or we can take a pledge now, and send a reminder at your convenience. In some cases, we reach out to our loyal donors for special fundraising initiatives.
Is giving money the only way to be involved with Loyola?
Making a gift each year is one of many ways to stay involved with your alma mater, but you can also give your time. There are numerous volunteer opportunities as well, including Regional Boards, Alumni Boards, class chairs, and committees. You can also update yourself by reading the quarterly Loyola magazine and attending events in Baltimore or through Loyola's regional chapter programs.
If I cannot make a large gift right now, what are my options?
You can make a recurring payment for up to two years. This convenient option allows you to split a larger gift into smaller payment installments by charging your credit or debit card bi-monthly, monthly, quarterly, and bi-annually. Click here to set up a recurring gift.
How will my gift be recognized and what are the University's giving society membership levels?
First, you will receive a receipt confirming your gift for tax purposes and a thank you from the University. Your name may be included on listings of donors from your class at various points during the year. Additionally, each Fall we publish our annual Report of Gifts, which summarizes the results of the previous year's campaign, lists all donors to the University, and indicates giving society membership. The following are Loyola's giving society membership levels:
Recognition Giving Societies
The Green and Grey Society: $100-249
The 1852 Club: $250-499
The Founders' Society: $500-999
Leadership Giving Societies
John Early Society Associate: $1,000-2,499
John Early Society Member: $2,500-4,999
John Early Society Fellow: $5,000 or more
What is the most convenient way to make a gift?
Online, of course! Loyola's website is fast, accurate, and secure for making a gift to the Annual Fund. The gift will be processed quickly and a receipt will be forwarded within 36 hours. While online, you can also take advantage of the available alumni news and services. To make a gift online, please visit www.loyola.edu/give.
Taking a call from one of our Phonathon associates is another way to give. Loyola's Phonathon begins in September. By speaking with a student, you can make your gift on the phone using your credit card or make a pledge and schedule a payment. In addition, it's a wonderful way to receive some personal updates on Loyola and ask any questions you may have.
What is a matching gift?
A matching gift is a contribution to Loyola by your employer. If your organization has a Matching Gift Program, then they will match, or possibly exceed, your annual gift to Loyola. This is a unique way for some donors to increase the impact of their personal gift. Each company accepts requests for a matching gift differently - some require a form, others have an 800 number, and some have an online form. Visit www.matchinggifts.com/loyola and search for your company to see if they participate.