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Everyone wins in matching gift challenge

Farron Salley, senior broadcast journalism major from Fort Worth, is among the many ACU students whose lives have been transformed by the generosity of others.
These days, it seems everyone is looking for a winner.
An estimated 100 million people bought Mega Millions tickets in March, hoping against extremely long odds to change their lives in an instant.
But this spring, a pair of anonymous ACU donors have offered a better opportunity – a 100-percent-guaranteed chance to change someone else’s life.
With an initial $100,000 challenge, one donor offered to match every gift made to the Exceptional Fund through May 31. That goal was met with more than a month to spare, inspiring a second donor to extend the challenge by offering a $40,000 match.
Every gift, no matter the size, is a guaranteed winner for the students who will receive its doubled effects – and for the donors who can rest assured knowing their money is benefiting something more worthwhile than the coffers of a lottery commission.
Those interested in investing in the young men and women of ACU are encouraged to visit the online giving page.
“This is an incredible opportunity for ACU’s friends and alumni to make a tremendous mark on the lives of our students,” said Phil Boone, vice president for Advancement. “We are so grateful for the generosity of this anonymous donor – and for the generosity of the many donors who will step up and meet this challenge.”
Along with doubling the imprint of their gifts, first-time donors also help boost ACU’s alumni-participation rate, which is one of the criteria used by U.S. News & World Report when it releases its annual college rankings.
More and more alumni are discovering the value of investing in ACU students – with a month to go in the fiscal year, the participation rate already has surpassed last year’s.
“Alumni participation is an important piece of how ACU is perceived,” said Craig Fisher, director of alumni relations and annual projects, “and we’re excited about the potential this challenge has to help us in that area.”
Read more information about the matching challenge or see how the generosity of strangers changes the lives of ACU students.