Santa Clara University’s 10th Annual Day of Giving Raises Record Amount to Benefit Student Well-Being, Educational Accessibility, and Inclusive Excellence

Nearly $5.5 million was raised from 6,078 gifts to celebrate Broncos Helping Broncos

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--()--It was another record-breaking year, as Broncos from across the country came together to support Santa Clara University’s 10th Annual Day of Giving (DoG). In a stampede of generosity and care, alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends donated nearly $5.5 million to support the University’s vision of educating citizens and leaders of competence, conscience, and compassion to build a more humane, just, and sustainable world.

Leaning on Jesuit values this year’s event, themed Broncos Helping Broncos, also incorporated service opportunities. The Student Red Cross Club co-sponsored an American Red Cross blood drive that saw nearly a dozen volunteers and 45 blood donation appointments. The Division of Mission and Ministry also sponsored a food drive to benefit the Bronco Food Pantry. Three full barrels of non-perishable food items and hygiene items were collected for the pantry.

“In just 24 hours, we unlocked an entire world of transformative opportunities for SCU and its students,” said James Lyons, vice president for University Relations. “The energy and enthusiasm that this milestone Day of Giving generated is worth many times the money we raised. It’s about coming together to help one another and to help our community.”

This year’s DoG set new records for the number of donor challenges issued (115) and for the amount raised from challenges ($2.6 million). Challenge donors either matched donations to specific programs dollar-for-dollar or unlocked their gifts when a specific donor threshold was met. The day began with a $1,000,000 challenge from Steve Sordello ('92, MBA '01) and his wife Susan to match gifts to Bronco Athletics. Challenges were issued to support almost every area of campus, including one from SCU President Julie Sullivan, who with her husband Bob, offered to match all gifts made to the LEAD Scholars Program up to $10,000 on the Day of Giving.

Among the units that raised the most money were:

  • Athletics ($2,020,724)
  • Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship ($985,350)
  • School of Engineering ($445,410)
  • Santa Clara Law ($332,038)
  • Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education ($275,785)

In all, the proceeds will support over 30 different schools, programs, or centers at Santa Clara in their missions of educating “whole persons” for excellence in service to humanity.

The full results for the day can be found on the Day of Giving website.

About Santa Clara University

Founded in 1851, Santa Clara University sits in the heart of Silicon Valley—the world’s most innovative and entrepreneurial region. The University’s stunningly landscaped 106-acre campus is home to the historic Mission Santa Clara de Asís. Ranked among the top 15 percent of national universities by U.S. News & World Report, SCU has among the best four-year graduation rates in the nation and is rated by PayScale in the top 1 percent of universities with the highest-paid graduates. SCU has produced elite levels of Fulbright Scholars as well as four Rhodes Scholars. With undergraduate programs in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, and graduate programs in six disciplines, the curriculum blends high-tech innovation with a social consciousness grounded in the tradition of Jesuit, Catholic education. For more information see


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Santa Clara University raised nearly $5.5 million during one-day fundraising event.


Lisa Robinson | SCU Media and Communications |