Bulldog Blitz Sets New Record for Alumni Giving
In a strong show of support for the university, Yale College alumni made 2,865 gifts and pledge payments to the Alumni Fund during the third annual Bulldog Blitz, a participation drive that took place between March 30 and April 9. Alumni from every class responded to personal appeals for contributions, making their gifts online, by phone, and by mail.
“Individual outreach is the cornerstone of the Yale Alumni Fund, and during the Bulldog Blitz, we make a special effort to encourage emails, texts, phone calls, and letters from classmate to classmate on behalf of Yale,” said Randy Nelson ’85, Chairman of the Yale Alumni Fund. “Volunteers brought so much energy and enthusiasm to the Blitz, and as a result, we dramatically exceeded our goal.”
A highlight of this year’s Blitz was a live outreach event on April 2, hosted by Thomas Leatherbury ’76, ’79 J.D. at the Law Offices of Vinson and Elkins in New York City. Alumni Fund volunteers attended the event, sharing food and conversation while making calls and sending e-mails to fellow alumni.
Also helping to power the Blitz was an anonymous challenge gift of $100,000, awarded to the Alumni Fund when participation passed the 2,000 donor mark. Alumni could watch their progress online by visiting http://bulldogblitz.yale.edu. “Response to the Bulldog Blitz $100,000 Challenge was extraordinary,” said Nelson. “I am grateful to everyone who helped us to set a new participation record in 2014.” Last year, alumni made 2,118 gifts and pledge payments during the Bulldog Blitz.
All contributions made during the Bulldog Blitz are directed to current-use funds, making an immediate impact on the university’s core needs—scholarships, faculty support, facilities, collections, and more.
(April 17, 2014)