Frequently Asked Questions

Q What is alumni participation?
A Dominican's alumni participation rate is the percentage of alumni who make a gift to the University every year. Every alumna/us who makes a gift counts toward our participation rate--regardless of the size of the donation. Last year, gifts of $100 or less generated $50,000. Every gift matters!
Q Why is alumni participation so important?

When foundations and corporations consider grant applications, they frequently ask for the alumni participation rate. A high rate of alumni participation is a vote of confidence that is heard clearly by potential investors. Your participation--at any gift level--serves as a catalyst for larger gifts and grants.

Alumni giving enables Dominican to provide scholarships to 93% of our students.
Q Can I designate my Dominican Fund gift to a specific area of the University?

You can designate your gift to almost any department or unit on campus. A few areas that are always popular among alumni donors are Dominican scholarships, your academic department, campus ministry, and athletics. 100 percent of your gift goes directly to the area you designate.

Q Will my gift really make a difference?
A Your gift, combined with the gifts of others, will assist us in reaching The Dominican Fund goal of $1,500,000--the equivalent annual payout produced by a $30 million endowment.
Q Will my Dominican Fund gift count toward my class' reunion campaign?
A All gifts made to Dominican will count toward your class' reunion gift. Please contact us if you would like more information about your class reunion campaign effort.
Q What is a matching gift?
A Corporate matching gifts are a great way for Dominican alumni, parents, and friends to maximize their contributions to the University and increase the impact of their gift. By taking advantage of your company's matching gift benefit, you may be able to double or even triple the amount of a contribution. Check with your Human Resources department to see if your employer matches gifts!