About the Campaign

About Gonzaga Will

President Thayne M. McCulloh, D.Phil.

Dear Gonzaga Community,

Five years ago, Zag Nation began a new, annual tradition that we call Gonzaga Day. Gonzaga Day, as you know, is a day to celebrate what it means to be a Zag. To reflect on our Jesuit history and to gather together to remember why we love this University.

This year’s Gonzaga Day, held on February 11, 2017, was special in that it included a 72-hour Gonzaga Day Giving Challenge. For three days, Zags all over the world stepped up to grow scholarship support. After three days, Zags raised more than $156,000 and when match dollars are included, the Gonzaga Day Giving Challenge raised more than $250,000. This is the most raised in university history through a giving challenge. In fact, these dollars will result in more than 100 scholarships for our students, now and into the future.

A year and a half into the public phase of Gonzaga Will: The Campaign for our Future, I am honored to share that more than 34,000 members of Zag Nation have made financial gifts, resulting in $240 million toward our $250 million goal.

This is incredible – but our work is far from done. We have so much more to achieve.

Last September, we broke ground on the Volkar Center for Athletic Achievement and the new Jesuit Residence, with both buildings anticipated to open this fall. Construction will shortly begin on the gorgeous Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center. And soon, we will share a vision for yet another new, greatly needed, facility: The Center for Integrated Science and Engineering.

These physical manifestations of support are easy to see – you can walk through them and see the impact firsthand. But our greatest need, the area that will keep Gonzaga competitive and continue to attract and retain amazing students, is continual growth of our endowment and providing scholarship support to the people the world needs most. In the coming months, you will hear more about our plans to make Gonzaga University even more financially stable and ensure that those students who aspire to one day Be a Zag, can see that dream come true.

We are extremely grateful for you and for your belief in our mission. With your support, Gonzaga will continue to flourish. Gonzaga will continue to find solutions for the challenges of our world. Gonzaga will continue to unfold the potential of our students.

On behalf of the entire university, thank you. We’ve accomplished so much and yet so much opportunity still lies before us.

Because of you, Gonzaga Will.

In gratitude,

Thayne M. McCulloh, D.Phil.
President, Gonzaga University