Alumni Participation

Last Year

Our 2018-19 giving campaign proved to be extremely successful for Dillard. 2,019 alumni made gifts totalling $994,623.44. Alumni, we're asking you to answer the call once again in supporting the fiscal year (July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020) alumni giving initiative.

As of June 30, 2019, 22.87% of our dedicated alumni made a gift to the university, on par with our alumni giving rate from 22.95% the previous fiscal year. Our goal this year is 30% participation - will you answer the call? Donate Today!

This year
This fiscal year (July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020) we would like to reach 30% Alumni Participation. That means we need roughly 2,700 donors this fiscal year.


External evaluators like U.S. News and World Report use participation rates when calculating rankings. Right now, Dillard’s overall alumni giving rate lags behind that of other colleges and universities like Spelman, Morehouse, Xavier and others.

Annual giving is an essential resource for the university. Some corporations and foundations also require alumni participation rates in proposal requests because they believe their philanthropic or sponsored-research dollars should go to an institution with proven results.

Participation is determined according to the number of alumni who give, rather than the amount of their contribution. That means a $10 gift moves the needle just as much as a $10,000 contribution. Show your love for Dillard by giving!