Giving Circle Focused on Supporting Social Justice Causes

Loras College announced that it has created a giving circle that will help raise funds to enhance the efforts at Loras in regards to social justice causes.

The annual fund for social justice internships and projects seeks to create opportunities for members of the Loras community to engage in transformative experiences in the areas of peace, interfaith understanding, social justice, economic justice, environmental justice and sustainability, criminal justice and corrections reform, immigration justice and reform, electoral justice and campaign finance reform, LGBT understanding and inclusion, religious and racial diversity.

“The fund is the brainchild of longtime donors Mike (’62) and Janet Valder,” Stacia McDermott (’03), director of spiritual life, explained. “They envisioned the fund being a way to expand social justice work on campus through creating a giving circle, enabling us to expand summer internships and new projects during the year. I am thrilled with the possibility of continuing to form students on how they can engage in social change in real and tangible ways. We have seen year after year how transformative the Valder Social Justice award is for students.”

The giving circle is the latest effort by Loras to be a college community that actively contributes to local and global systemic change through an expanded Valder Social Justice Scholarship and an annual fund for transformative experiences related to peace, justice, and diversity. Building on the existing Valder Social Justice Scholarship, the annual fund will increase available money for summer social justice award recipients and provide for additional funding, creating a Loras community that has access to transformative experiences that lead to systemic change on the Loras campus and in our nation and world.

“This fund will give Loras students the means to take creative initiative as they pursue their passion for social justice through on-campus projects and summer internships,” Hannah Eby, Coordinator of Peace, Justice and Service, said.

In coordination with the Loras Advancement team, members of the Giving Circle are constituents who provide annual gifts to this initiative of $500 or more and alumni who were Valder Justice Scholars who give $100 or more annually. Upon entry into the circle, donors will be provided periodic briefings and newsletters to update and describe funding proposals, with hopes of an annual event to come.

If you wish to join the giving circle and make your gift today, please visit HERE!

About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2020, Loras was ranked the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the fourth consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 12th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).