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Generous Alumna Pledges to Add $50 to First 600 Gifts

Valparaiso University is celebrating its first-ever day of giving, encouraging alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents and friends to contribute to the University. The day’s theme is “Proud to be Valpo.”

Inspired by a challenge from alumna Barbara Schwarz ’76, “Proud to be Valpo” is an ambitious, University-wide, one-day effort to engage the entire University community across the country and around the world. The event aims to increase alumni participation and raise awareness about Valpo. Schwarz’s challenge gift will add a match of $50 for each of the first 600 donors making a gift of any size for a total of $30,000.

Those who give to Valpo during the day of giving may direct their gifts to the fund of their choice, allowing the event to benefit a variety of initiatives from scholarships and innovative classroom experiences to athletics programs and essential strategic priorities.

On campus, students, faculty and staff are observing “Proud to be Valpo” day by wearing their Valpo gear and posting to social media with the hashtag #valpoday. Throughout the day, the University will share photos and videos from around campus of community members showing their Valpo pride.

Those who want to participate have several options:

  • Visit valpo.edu/proudtobevalpo
  • Call 219.464.6188

More information about the “Proud to be Valpo” day of giving is available at valpo.edu/proudtobevalpo.