The DC Fund is the primary vehicle through which alumni, parents, staff and friends provide support for Dominican University. Contributions to the DC Fund are used to immediately sustain the University’s day-to-day operations and to fund the University’s strategic initiatives.
DC Fund Mission
The mission of the DC Fund is to build participation through yearly gifts from alumni, parents, students, staff and friends by educating them on the needs of the University and involving them in the life of the University.
Thanks to the generous support and active involvement of many alumni and friends, great things have been achieved. Unrestricted annual gifts to the DC Fund have given the University the freedom and flexibility to respond to new ideas and to seize new opportunities. Science classrooms, student aid, new programs – all have been made possible because of generous gifts to the DC Fund.
Dominican University is working hard to attract the best and brightest faculty and students and to provide them with modern facilities and state-of-the-art equipment. As these expenses cannot all be covered by tuition alone, support from alumni and friends is so vital and so appreciated.
The DC Fund is the backbone of the University’s fundraising efforts. Without the generous support for scholarships, programming, and other needs, the University would not be able to evolve as one of the best small to moderate size university’s in the lower Hudson Valley region.
Also, University guidebooks, foundations and other organizations view alumni giving participation rates as a critical criterion to rate alumni satisfaction when completing overall institutional quality ratings. A high participation rate therefore positively impacts the University’s reputation and adds to the value of a degree earned at Dominican University.
- Tuition only covers about 75% of the actual cost of educating a Dominican University student. Generous support from alumni and friends strengthens the Dominican University experience for all students.
- Over 85 % of all students will receive some type of financial aid every year. Dominican University is responding to the continued need for assistance by families and to make Dominican University as competitive as possible in recruiting the most academically qualified students regardless of their financial circumstances.
- Traditionally, 35-40% of Dominican University students are the first members of their families to attend University.
- To enable Dominican University to retain and attract outstanding faculty who are the best within their chosen profession.
- Alumni giving rates serve as the measure by which corporations and foundations rate alumni involvement. This is a major consideration for these groups when making major gifts to University and universities.
- University guidebooks such as U.S. News and World Report, Barrons, and Fiske use alumni giving participation rates as the sole criterion to rate alumni satisfaction when completing overall institutional quality ratings. To move up in the rankings, and thus attract quality students, we must increase our alumni participation rate.
- The rankings noted in #5 above also serve to increase the value of a degree from Dominican University.
- Some of the areas that depend on support from annual gifts are: innovative academic programs, student scholarships, faculty teaching and research, campus technology, and much more.
- To reaffirm your commitment to Dominican University and its mission.
- Because one student, educated at Dominican University, can positively impact the lives of thousands.
What your gift can support
Contributions of any size not only support the University’s students, faculty and programs but also demonstrate a vote of confidence in Dominican University. The number of individuals who participate in giving to Dominican University is a significant factor in determining university rankings, attracting talented students and faculty, influencing corporate and foundation grant support of foundation, corporations, and most importantly, our community of alumni and friends. In essence, your gift increases the perception and value of a Dominican University degree.
Simply put, as a participant of the DC Fund, you help Dominican University grow as an incomparable place of higher learning.
The quickest way to start making a difference is to give online.
You can support the University by cash, check, or credit card. These gifts can result in immediate tax savings for you and provide the University with funds for current use.
Checks should be made out to Dominican University and sent to:
Dominican University Annual Fund
470 Western Highway
Orangeburg, NY 10962
The University accepts gifts made through Visa and MasterCard. You can make your credit card contribution online or by calling us at (845) 848-7400.