Defiance College concludes successful fundraising year

July 14, 2022

Defiance College saw its donor base increase a dramatic 45 percent for the fiscal year 2021-2022. This is the largest increase in year-to-year donors in more than a decade. Through this generous support of alumni/ae, friends, and community members, DC received total giving of more than $1.1 million.

In May, the College launched its "Defi the Odds" campaign. The campaign was successful as it surpassed the goals set for number of donors (200) and dollars to be raised ($200,000). Final numbers show over 300 donors giving $209,005.

"Never in my 35-plus years in advancement have I seen anything like this. Especially with the financial uncertainty and the lingering effects of COVID," says John Trautman, Senior Institutional Advancement Advisor for Defiance College. "To have alumni/ae and friends of the College show this level of support leaves me excited and sends a strong message to our students, faculty, and staff. Thank you to everyone that made these results possible."

Chartered in 1850, Defiance College is an independent, liberal arts-based institution in Northwest Ohio, offering more than 40 undergraduate programs of study as well as graduate programs in education and business. Defiance College has received national recognition for its educational experience of service and engagement. DC has created a unique career readiness program called Jacket Journey to help students learn career skills in and out of the classroom. The four pillars of its mission guide the College: To Know, To Understand, To Lead, and To Serve.