Xavier is able to achieve its mission of forming students intellectually, morally and spiritually, thanks to the support of the parents fund. The parents fund, an integral component of Xavier’s annual fund, raises unrestricted annual gifts to support initiatives that strengthen undergraduate teaching and student formation, including service opportunities, spiritual development and leadership programs.
Last year, the 2003-2004 parents fund campaign was our most successful yet. Thanks to the generous support of both current and past parents, the parents fund realized a 12-percent increase in parent participation and a 6-percent increase in dollars raised. Parents also joined The 1831 Society in record numbers, with a 34-percent increase in membership. The 1831 Society is a special group of parents, alumni and friends who choose to invest $1,000 or more each year in Xavier and its programs, resources and people. The critical contributions of The 1831 Society affirm the value of a Xavier education and inspire other potential donors.
These campaign results could not have been achieved without the efforts of the 2003-2004 parents development council: Barb and Ken Heil (chairs), Jim and Nancy Crawford, Matt and Diane Habash, Emerson and Peggy Knowles, Don and Marcy Schade, and Louis and Debe Terhar.
The parents development council meets throughout the year to determine how best to attract participation in the parents fund. There are many ways to give—gifts of cash, matching gifts though your employer, gifts of appreciated securities, life income plans and gifts of real estate and/or insurance. The cumulative effect of every gift makes a significant impact. No matter what size gift you make, your participation is what counts.
Norah Mock is the assistant director for the annual fund.