Founders’ Day Gratitude

Your Lasting Impact on Belmont Abbey College

Thank you!

You surpassed the Founders’ Day Challenge goal and raised over $102,000 for BAC academic and student life programs. Throughout the challenge, we received 661 gifts from 551 donors, 200 of whom had never given to the Abbey before.

Thank you for your involvement in making this historic Founders’ Day Challenge a huge success! Not only did we surpass our $75,000 goal for the entire campaign, but each department area reached its goal!

The Numbers:

Top Earners

Top Number of Gifts

Through efforts like the Founders’ Day Challenge, you make programs and initiatives like these possible:

  • The Honors College can host intercollegiate conferences.
  • The Business Department can send their students to business conferences.
  • The Education Department can establish a Teacher Education Resource Center.
  • The History Department can purchase new digital history research tools.
  • The English Department can enhance the distribution of Agora.
  • The Criminal Justice Department can send students to a National Mock Trial Competition.
  • The Psychology Department can improve its internship opportunities.
  • The Theology Department can develop a quarterly lecture series.
  • The Philosophy Department can start a philosophy club.
  • The Science and Mathematics Departments can purchase new equipment.
  • The Motorsports Management Department can send more students to races.
  • The Fine Arts departments can continue and improve their arts and cultural offerings on campus.
  • Campus Ministry can help more students have a deeper relationship with God.
  • The seats in St. Joseph’s Adoration Chapel can be reupholstered.
  • The volleyball courts in the Quad can be redone.
  • The Abbot Vincent Taylor Library can acquire a new display copy of the Book of Kells.
  • The Academic Resource Center can hire more tutors.
  • The Money the Abbey Way initiative can improve its programming.

Your gifts continue the legacy of giving that founded Belmont Abbey College. The first gift was in 1876 when Father Jeremiah J. O’Connell, with the permission of Bishop James Gibbon, gave a group of Benedictine monks 500 acres of land in rural North Carolina to establish a school. Father Herman Wolfe, Abbot Leo Haid, Father Prior Felix Hintemeyer, and St. Katharine Drexel shaped the future of a place they hoped would become a strong community built on faith and fellowship. You have carried on their dreams with your support of the Founders’ Day Challenge.

Thank you for joining in this new tradition and making our first Founders’ Day Challenge a huge success. The students of Belmont Abbey College will see the impacts of your generosity for years to come.