CEU alumni raised more than $107,000 in December 2019 in support of student scholarships as part of the #ThankYouCEU 2019 Alumni Challenge. This exceeds the original target by more than $7,000.
From December 4 to 31, nearly 300 alumni donors gave to the end-of-year funding drive, including 67 to who gave to the university for the first time.
The number of donors, the amount raised, and the short duration makes this the most successful end-of-year alumni campaign in recent CEU history. Last year’s challenge included 250 donors who raised $87,000.
The drive was commenced after CEU President and Rector Michael Ignatieff pledged $75,000 in support of student scholarships and urged alumni to follow his lead. Alumni donors matched the rector’s gift and surpassed it by more than $30,000.
In addition to fundraising, this year’s challenge included twelve #ThankYouCEU Alumni Meetups, drawing hundreds of alumni to celebratory meetups around the world.