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The Pepperdine Fund Makes Its Mark

The Pepperdine Fund

By Nate Ethell ('08)

The Pepperdine Fund launched the Make Your Mark campaign this fall, beginning a new fundraising initiative for Seaver College alumni and parents. The appeal encouraged alumni and current parents of Seaver students to contribute to Pepperdine by "making their mark" on a new Waves banner. By returning a signed orange fabric square with notes of encouragement along with their gift, alumni and current parents had the opportunity to leave a lasting legacy with a gift for classes of Seaver students to come.

"I have such great memories from my four years at Pepperdine and am so grateful for the friends I made and everything I learned," said Seaver alumnus Matt Gaglia ('10). "I feel like giving to the Make Your Mark campaign was the least I could do to show my gratitude for all that Pepperdine has given me."

The participatory campaign also included a challenge match from the Seaver Board of Visitors, matching dollar for dollar every gift over $25 up to $15,000. In total, 474 new gifts were given to the Campaign for Pepperdine, with 197 coming from first-time donors. The response rate to the campaign was highly successful, nearly 10 times the average of national nonprofits, with the annual fund campaign raising nearly $28,000.