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Catalyst Fund

The Catalyst Fund was created by a group of faculty committed to advancing the goals of equity and inclusion at Drake University.

This is a restricted, non-endowed scholarship and emergency fund for students at Drake and is awarded to students who demonstrate financial need and are part of a historically and/or currently underrepresented group (such as domestic students of color, undocumented immigrants, refugees, and first generation college students). Annual scholarships will be awarded to students for their undergraduate career. Since its inception in 2016 this fund has provided needed scholarship and emergency funds for over a dozen students from underrepresented groups.

Your gift to the Catalyst Fund during All In supports students and furthers the goal of creating an environment where students from diverse backgrounds can succeed at Drake.

Matching Gift Opportunity 

Give to the Catalyst Fund during All In to help create an environment where students from diverse backgrounds can succeed at Drake. This faculty-created scholarship and emergency fund is directed toward students of historically or currently underrepresented groups at the University. Your support of the Catalyst Fund will be amplified by a generous matching gift of $2,500 from David and Rebecca DeLaet.

Where Bulldogs Are Going All In
Rank State Gifts
1 IA 60
2 MN 8
3 NE 7
Meet The Moment Challenge
1,250 donors helped Drake University Meet The Moment and unlocked $65,000 for the University from Doug Zinser, AS’96, John August, JO’92, and Cindy, LA’70 and Dennis Lesher! Thank you!
1,250 / 1,250 Gifts
Who is Meeting The Moment?
The entire Drake community of alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff, and friends coming together. Let's see who's going All In and meeting the moment!
What is your affiliation to Drake?
Rank Answer Gifts
1 Alumni 762
2 Faculty/Staff 189
3 Student 180
4 Parent 140
5 Friend 84
6 Other 52
Meeting The Moment by Decade
Which decade's graduates are the most All In?
What decade did you graduate?
Rank Answer Gifts
1 2010 - 2020 191
2 1990 - 1999 165
3 2000 - 2009 162
4 Current Student 151
5 1980 - 1989 128
6 1970 - 1979 96
7 1960 - 1969 44
8 1959 and before 8
Catalyst Fund Challenge
Thank you for going All In for the Catalyst Fund!
$2,500 MATCHED
Parents Challenge
Thank you for going All In for Drake students and helping unlock the $2,500 match from Jill, JO’91 and John, AS’92 Farmer!
$2,500 MATCHED
Caldbeck Challenge
Students, thank you for going All In for each other and helping unlock the $3,000 match from Kelly Caldbeck, PH’01, Peter Caldbeck, JO’03, and Megan Caldbeck, JO’05, in honor of their mother, longtime Drake employee and alumna Diane Anagnos Caldbeck, ED’72!
$3,000 MATCHED
First Time Gift Challenge
Thank you for making your first gift to Drake and helping unlock the $5,000 match from Drake Drake President Marty Martin! Welcome to the Bulldog Pack!
$5,000 MATCHED
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