Dillard Notables of 2019: #2 Great Giving

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We conducted our first Giving Tuesday campaign in 2016. We really had no idea what to expect, so we set a goal of $30,000. We ended up raising over $60,000 and began to think that if we put more effort behind a solid strategy, we could have a solid say of giving. In addition, we thought that if we could find a major donor who would do a matching gift, the day could have great possibilities.

All those things have come together, and with this being our fourth Giving Tuesday we raised almost TEN TIMES as much as we did our first year. For a school of our size and our size donor base, this is a great achievement. I think it was extra special happening during our 150th anniversary.

2019 has been a banner year for fundraising. Here are some of the significant gifts over the past 12 months.

$1,250,000 — From the National Science Foundation for the project “Improving Minority Participation and Completion through STEM at Dillard University (IMPACTS)”; lead researcher Dr. Eric Buckles.

$514,000 — From the United States Army for the study of inorganic and organic nano-composite films; lead researcher Dr. Abdalla Darwish.

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$500,000 — From the Andrew Mellon Foundation for faculty development and general education curriculum revision.

$316,000 — From the National Science Foundation for the project “GP-EXTRA Urban-Wide Advanced Transdisciplinary Environmental Research (Urban-WATER) program”; lead researchers Dr. Ruby Broadway, Dr. Robert Collins, and Dr. Christopher Jeffries.

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$250,000 — From AT&T Foundation for the College of Business in honor of Dillard alumna and trustee emerita Joyce Roche.

$250,000 — From AccessLex Center for Legal Education Excellence Directed Grant to continue the Legal Education Advancing Diversity (LEAD) program, which is part of our Pre Law program.

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$200,000 — From Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. for the 2019–2021 Distinguished Professor Endowed Chair Award; lead researcher/distinguished professor Dr. Ruby Broadway

$100,000 — From the Kresge Foundation for a planning grant to look at transportation solutions; in partnership with Delgado Community College and the University of New Orleans.

Thanks to all of our alumni, supporters, foundations and corporations that made 2019 a special year.

The Prez

Written by

7th president of Dillard University

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