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Now’s your Chance to Make Abbey History!

Goal: 147,000

More than a century ago, Belmont Abbey was founded thanks to six faithful visionaries with philanthropic hearts.

To date, their impact has been immeasurable— felt by students and parents, the faithful Catholic community, priests and monks, and untold individuals across the world who have met our alumni or received our educational Catholic resources. 

Our founders gave their time, efforts and financial resources, faithfully believing that their vision would stand the test of time. 

Today, you have the chance to make history and invest in the future of the Abbey.

We invite you to honor the tradition of our Founders, build upon their vision, and bolster the vibrant community they sacrificed so much to create.

During the Founders’ Day Challenge starting on April 1 and ending at midnight April 24, you are invited to become an Abbey Founder for the day by supporting the particular academic or student life program that matters to you most.

Top Fundraisers

When you become a Belmont Abbey Founder For a Day, you make a direct impact on the program of your choice…

Pay tribute to the specific programs that are closest to your heart. With your donation today, you can:

  • Provide future generations with a firm foundation in the intellectual roots of today’s social, political and cultural movements while helping them grapple with the tough questions and gain the confidence to speak truth into the world by supporting the Honors College;
  •  Provide future educators with a dedicated space to prepare for their leap into teaching our youngest generations and the tools needed to make an immediate impact on their students by supporting the Education Department;
  • Fund much needed academic research and scholarship, increasing the Abbey’s impact on the national theological conversation by supporting the Theology Department
  • Facilitate the acquisition of new research tools for digital history allowing for faculty and students to reach new audiences beyond The Abbey by supporting the History Department;
  • And so much more!

In the pages below, Abbey professors have laid out their specific needs and fundraising goals for each of their programs.

 Will you step up and help ensure the already excellent Abbey education continues and transforms to meet the growing needs of our students, staff, and faithful community?

This is your chance to lead as the first Belmont Abbey Founders did, support the programs and professors that gave so much to you, and create your legacy today.  

And, as a special thank you during the Founders’ Day Challenge, each donation of $5 or more will get a special Belmont Abbey Gift! 

Make History Today! Select a department below to make your gift through our secure portal.

Thank you for your donation, your thank you gift selections have been received.

Academic Resources

Helping all students achieve success is at the core of the mission of the Office of Academic Assistance…your donation will help increase our offerings at the Academic Resource Center (ARC).


Business at the Abbey is about merited financial success and much more. Your donation will help to continue furthering our mission of developing honest and virtuous students.


This Founders’ Day you can help Belmont Abbey establish a Teacher Education Resource Center where students can meet, work on projects, prepare materials, and study for licensure exams.

Performing Arts

This Founders’ Day, help ensure that the Performing Arts programs continue to offer best-in-class opportunities for our students and remain free or affordable to the public.

Honors College

This Founders’ Day, we are fundraising to enhance our students’ experience of the Great Books and culture through guest lectures, conferences and cultural experiences.


This Founders’ Day we are fundraising to create more professional networking opportunities for students and expand learning opportunities through travel, tools and speakers.


This Founders’ Day,  the library is fundraising for a display case to protect the newly acquired replica of the Book of Kells, the Lindesfarne Gospels, and other ancient manuscripts.

Mathematics & Natural Sciences

This Founders’ Day we are fundraising to replace equipment and provide specimen materials for students who will be our next generation of doctors, nurses, chemists, biologists, and physicists.

Motor Sports Management

This Founders’ Day, we are fundraising to significantly expand our footprint in the racing industry. With your support, we will train the next leaders of the motorsports industry!

Social Sciences

This Founders’ Day we are fundraising to offer real world experience through competitions, trips and internships to future law professionals and psychologists.

Student Life

This Founders’ Day, Student Life is fundraising to enhance the spiritual and social opportunities on campus by improving outdoor spaces and the pews in St. Joseph’s Chapel.

Theology & Philosophy

This Founders’ Day we are fundraising to provide resources for student trips, the creation of student clubs and to expand the resources available.


The Nursing Department is fundraising for continuing education for registered nurse licensures, specialty certifications such as nurse educator, medical surgery, critical care, informatics, orthopedics, and more.

Sports Management

This Founders’ Day, the Sports Management Program is fundraising for experiential learning activities to enhance student development.

If you need assistance making your donation, please email or call 704.461.6815