Notre Dame’s fundraising: Thank you, Obama?

As part of the protests over Barack Obama’s appearance at Notre Dame, one alum, David DiFranco, launched a website to get ND pres Father John Jenkins fired and to tally donations withheld from the university as a way of quantifying the displeasure and pressuring the board to replace Jenkins. The site’s last public tally, on May 13, counted $13.9 million in funds withheld.

Yesterday, Notre Dame announced that it raised $1.54 billion as part of its “Spirit of Notre Dame” campaign–and did so two years ahead of shedule.

In May 2007 the school announced it wanted to raise money to support four areas: undergraduate education; research and graduate studies; diversity and international studies; and Catholic intellectual life.


The Rev. John Jenkins, the university president, said the challenge now is to build on the campaign’s success and fully fund all of the priorities.

University vice president Louis Nanni said there is still work to be done, including raising more money for financial aid in these tough economic times.

The disparity seems to echo the disparity within the student body in terms of support for Obama’s appearance, and the disparity in the Catholic populace. Though not in the conservative Catholic echo chamber. Here’s a thought: Maybe Obama’s appearance–and the opposition to him–actually boosted ND’s fundraising.

H/T: CWNews

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posted June 24, 2009 at 7:49 pm

It’s awfully easy to log on to a site and claim that you are not going to give ND that $1,000,000 you had planned.
And quite another to actually give $$ to a campaign.
The disparity shows just how out of touch with reality that reactionary-right group is.

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posted June 25, 2009 at 6:23 pm

Obama + UND = Si se puede!

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posted July 8, 2009 at 4:46 pm

The great, great predominance of the fundraising campaing came in BEFORE the Obama fiasco. The money had already been pledged before the Obama invite gave the alumni reasons to withhold money.
In fact, the whole reason the results of the fundraising campaign are posted at all is in REACTION to the financial pains suffered from the whole affair. That is clear in the wording of the announcement.

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posted July 15, 2011 at 11:11 am

Hooray for the pro-abortion, Vagina Monologues, cafeteria Catholics and their secular leadership at Notre Dame!

Charles Rice is right: Hesburgh is a disaster and Jenkins is a joke.

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