Last fall, Loras publically kicked off the largest capital campaign in the College’s history, The Inspiring Live and Leadership: The Loras Legacy Campaign and to date alumni and friends have responded generously to the call for increased support by donating or pledging nearly $49 million. Funds raised are helping to build the College’s endowment and are providing much-needed resources for student financial assistance and campus programs.
Among the commitments to the Campaign is an irrevocable $175,000 estate pledge from Al
(’69) and Martha Ruffalo
. The contribution will establish the Al and Martha Ruffalo Entrepreneurship Fund supporting faculty scholarship and student project initiatives.
“I have had the pleasure to be on hundreds of college campuses during the past 20 years and Loras stands out as one of the best national gems of higher education,” said Al. “It is with a great sense of pride that Martha and I are establishing the fund. As an alumnus, Loras has always seemed like family to me.”
“Thanks to these types of significant commitments, the campaign is gaining significant momentum. We have every belief that we will not only meet, but exceed our $75 million goal,” said Collins.
Ruffalo received his bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Loras in 1969 and is the Founder and Executive Chairman of RuffaloCODY, the leading provider of technology-enabled fundraising and enrollment management services for higher education and high affinity-based nonprofit organizations.
After serving on the Loras Board of Regents from 1998 to 2007, Ruffalo was named Regent Emeritus in 2008. In 2011, he received the Loras Distinguished Alumni Award in recognition of his professional achievements and contributions made to Loras. Al and Martha have generously supported many projects across campus, including the walkway which was named for them and connects the Academic Resource Center and Alumni Campus Center. The Ruffalo’s son, Paul
, also graduated from Loras in 2000.