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Challenge Grants

Every year, some of Southwestern’s most generous individuals, foundations and other organizations propose challenge grant awards. 

These donors pledge to gift a specific amount of money if Southwestern University is able to raise a specified amount of money from other, additional sources. Challenge grants may be designated for use in building Southwestern’s endowment, funding special projects or scholarships, or for use in meeting more immediate goals of The Southwestern Fund. These grants can be highly effective in motivating increased giving by fellow donors, building both institutional capacity and sustained giving enthusiasm.

If you’d like to discuss structuring a challenge grant of your own, please call the Gift Programs Office:  


 Current Challenges

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    The Five in Five for the Next 175 Challenge leverages the generous $5.1 Odiorne gift to raise an additional $5.1 million in the next five months.
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    Alumni couple starts endowed fund and pledges to match all gifts to the fund up to $50,000.

 Recently Completed Challenges