For This Alumnus, Loras is Still the Perfect Match


Donald Rowland (‘83) grew up in Manchester, Iowa.  Six months after graduating from Loras College with bachelor of arts degrees in finance and marketing, he moved to Colorado for a position in banking, and then, later, to the Phoenix, Ariz., area where he currently resides and works for Wells Fargo.  Don regularly participates in Loras Network of Arizona gatherings.  This past October, he was back on campus attending the Inspiring Lives and Leadership:  The Loras Legacy campaign kickoff event and visiting with friends at his 30th reunion at Homecoming. 

Don has donated to Loras almost every year since 1988.  Over time, Don’s commitments to Loras have increased.  Like many alumni, Don also has been able to boost the impact of his support each time he gives because his employers have been matching gift companies -- in his case, with each of his donations since 1996.  

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will double or even triple the value of charitable contributions made by employees, their spouses, board members and retirees.  If you are affiliated with a matching gift company or foundation, to make sure Loras gets the match, you need to initiate a matching gift claim by following your employer’s procedures.  Often it simply requires that you obtain and complete an online or paper form.  If you’ve already made a gift, you can still apply for a claim. 

The way Don sees it, “The main reason I donate is because of the fond memories I have from when I attended Loras.  I want others to be able to enjoy the experience as well.”

In recent years, Don has directed his donations to the Loras Fund.  That means that his current contributions will be counted as part of the campaign. 

The Inspiring Lives and Leadership:  The Loras Legacy campaign, with a goal of $75 million for the College endowment, Loras Fund and academic programs, has already raised $51.2 million in gifts and pledges.  To date, 15,255 friends and alumni like Don have made donations. 

For more information on the campaign, please visit, or call us at 800-245-6727.  You can also follow us on Facebook  For information about the employer matching gift program, please contact Rosemary Hopkins at 563-588-7578.

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