The Blue Demon Challenge may be over, but you can still support DePaul students!
Thank you for making this the biggest Blue Demon Challenge ever!

The Blue Demon Challenge is DePaul University's day of giving, when alumni, parents, friends, students, faculty and staff come together to give back—and this year, our Challenge is bigger than ever! Your gift of any size can help us get one step closer to reaching our biggest goal yet: raising $3,000,000 in a single day. 

There are over 50 matches and challenges to unlock funds for the people, places and causes at DePaul you care about most, and there will be additional challenges and matches added throughout the day. Make your gift and help make DePaul history! 

Don't miss BDC Live! our 24-hour video stream highlighting stories, conversations and Q&As with members of the DePaul community, with new content premiering throughout the day. BDC Live is hosted by Connor Mudd, class of 2021 and chair of DePaul's Campus Activities Board. 

 

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BDC Live! Premiere Schedule

12:00 a.m.

BDC Live! Kick-off with Connor Mudd, Class of 2021

6:00 a.m.

Fitness class: HIIT with the Ray

7:00 a.m.

Fitness Class: Zumba with The Ray

7:45 a.m.

Conversations with student leaders, hosted by Courtney James, director of student involvement [First installment]

8:30 a.m.

A message from Dr. A Gabriel Esteban, president of DePaul University and Josephine Esteban

9:00 a.m.

DIBS starts the sprint to Blue Demon Challenge success!

9:30 a.m.

Faculty members David Barnum and Scott Hibbard discuss the scholarship they established in honor of their late colleague, Professor Cathy May.

10:00 a.m.

Conversations with student leaders, hosted by Courtney James, director of student involvement [Second installment]

11:00 a.m.

Making the Future: A conversation with Dan Allen, vice president of advancement and Sasha Gerritson (SOM ’99), member of the Board of Trustees and Now We Must campaign chair

11:30 a.m.

Sean Barrins (SCPS ’11) encourages support for his Blue Demon Challenge matching gift

12:10 p.m.

Conversation about multicultural student success at DePaul

12:45 p.m.

Dream Big with DeWayne Peevy, athletics director

1:30 p.m.

Ron Culp, professor in the College of Communication, endorses his Blue Demon Challenge matching gift

2:00 p.m.

An interview with Jessica Sarowitz (LAS '91), member of the Board of Trustees and chair of the Philanthropy Committee

2:30 p.m.

Fold your own DIBS: an origami mini-class with Ty Yamamoto (CDM '20)

3:00 p.m.

Now We Must: Campus Perspectives

4:00 p.m.

Draw your own DIBS with Chris Carlson, professional chalk artist

4:30 p.m.

Conversations with student leaders, hosted by Courtney James, director of student involvement [Third installment]

5:30 p.m.

Blue Demon Smash: a mini cocktail making class with Jessie Crawford (CMN '14)

6:05 p.m.

Students from the DePaul Theatre Union perform “Shakespeare Scrambles” and screenings of student shorts from the College of Computing and Digital Media’s Short & Sweet Pandemic Film Festival

7:30 p.m.

Fraternity & Sorority Life: 90 Stories for 90 Years

9:00 p.m.

Sounds of Sheffield with Gisselle Cervantes, class of 2021

10:15 p.m.

Race to the Finish: Evening Updates with Connor Mudd, class of 2021.

10:30 p.m.

Conversations with student leaders, hosted by Courtney James, director of student involvement [Fourth installment]




The Blue Demon Challenge is part of Now We Must: The Campaign for DePaul's Students - an effort to provide immediate, critical support for students in five key areas: Career Readiness, Emergency Assistance, Mental Health & Wellness, Scholarships & Financial Aid, and Access to Technology. Learn more about Now We Must at give.depaul.edu/nowwemust

An amazing 24 hours for DePaul.
Feb 12, 2021

Thank you for your incredible generosity yesterday during the Blue Demon Challenge. Thanks to thousands of Blue Demons across the globe, we surpassed our goal and raised a total of $3,458,491 for the people, places and causes at DePaul that matter to us most. Here’s just a sample of what we accomplished:

  • We unlocked over 50 challenges and matches for schools, colleges and departments across campus
  • We secured gifts from all 50 states and from 15 countries
  • During our three time-based challenges, the DePaul community made an average of three gifts every minute
  • We brought Billy Blue Demon out of the vaultVisit the DePaul Spirit Shop to see the initial release of the Classic Collection, a salute to DePaul's nostalgic and iconic Billy Blue Demon logo

Most importantly, your generosity recognized the value of a DePaul education, and provided resources for DePaul students to reach their full potential and fulfill their dreams. While the Blue Demon Challenge may only be 24 hours, the impact you made will be felt for years to come.

With our tremendous thanks,

The Blue Demon Challenge Team

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You Wanted Billy, You Got Billy - $3 Million Goal Reached!
Feb 11, 2021

We said that when DePaul raises $3,000,000 during the Blue Demon Challenge, Billy Blue Demon will leave the vault. Well, we just surpassed $3 million!!

Athletics will partner with Barnes & Noble’s team shop to release the Classic Collection, an initial salute to DePaul’s nostalgic and iconic Billy Blue Demon logo. Look for addtional information on Feb. 12 on how to order. 

What a day for our University! Thank you to all that have given.

And, there’s still time to make a gift and be part of the Blue Demon Challenge.

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$50,000
Bonus College of Computing and Digital Media Challenge
Unlocked! A second endowed scholarship for CDM students from Iron Galaxy.
15 / 15 Gifts
Completed
Success!
Reach for $3M and Billy the Blue Demon!
Unlocked! DePaul surpassed $3,000,000 and unlocked an additional $150,000 from a trustee who wishes to remain anonymous.
Completed
Success!
Unlock Billy Blue Demon!
Billy is leaving the vault! The DePaul community came together to raise $3,000,000 in a single day, and Athletics will team with Barnes & Noble’s team shop to release the Classic Collection, an initial salute to DePaul’s nostalgic and iconic Billy Blue Demon logo.
Completed
$25,000
Wake up with DePaul Challenge
Unlocked! DePaul received 150 gifts between 8 a.m. - 9 a.m. and unlocked $25,000 for Driehaus College of Business scholarships from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.
150 / 150 Gifts
Completed
Success!
50 States Challenge
50 States = $50,000! Alumni and friends from all 50 states made a gift and unlocked a $50,000 scholarship from the Gibbs family in memory of their son/brother, Dr. Michael G. Gibbs (LAS ’95, LAS MS ’97, COE EdD ’02). Dr. Gibbs, in addition to being a proud “Triple Demon” was a dedicated member of the DePaul staff from 1995 – 2004, leading efforts to establish new programs, meet strategic goals and serve the greater community.
Completed
2
Match
Now We Must: Student Emergency Assistance Fund Match
Matched! $50,000 to the Student Emergency Assistance Fund from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.
$16,370 MATCHED
Ended
$25,000
Now We Must: Bonus Scholarship Challenge
Success! Alumni and friends made an additional 100 gifts to scholarships and joined Diane Brown (CDM MS '95) who committed $25,000 to scholarships.
100 / 100 Gifts
Completed
$25,000
Now We Must: Student Mental Health and Wellness Challenge
Unlocked! Alumni and friends made 50 gifts to the Fund for Student Mental Health & Wellness and unlocked $25,000 to the Fund for Student Mental Health & Wellness from Peggy (LAS '83, LAS MS '85) and Patrick Burke.
50 / 50 Gifts
Completed
$60,000
Now We Must: Career Readiness Challenge
Unlocked! $60,000 for experiential learning opportunities from Scott Hibbard, associate professor and chair of the political science department, together with the MacArthur Foundation, in memory of Cathy May.
60 / 60 Gifts
Completed
2
Match
Bonus Women's Soccer Match
Matched! $12,500 for Women's Soccer from Lisa (COE '86) and John Nevins.
$12,500 MATCHED
Completed
2
Match
Bonus Women's Basketball Match
Matched! $12,500 to Women's Basketball from Ernie (BUS’57) and Mimi Wish.
$8,401 MATCHED
Ended
$100,000
Women's Basketball Challenge
Unlocked! $100,000 from Patty and Doug (LAS '73, LAS MS '88) Bruno.
100 / 100 Gifts
Completed
$12,500
Sarowitz Men's Soccer Challenge
Unlocked! $12,500 for the Fund for Men's Soccer from the Sarowitz Family.
100 / 100 Gifts
Completed
$12,500
Sarowitz Track & Field/Cross Country Challenge
Unlocked! $12,500 for Track & Field/Cross Country from the Sarowitz Family.
100 / 100 Gifts
Completed
$12,500
Sarowitz Men's Tennis Challenge
Unlocked! $12,500 for the Fund for Men's Tennis from the Sarowitz Family.
100 / 100 Gifts
Completed
$12,500
Sarowitz Women's Volleyball Challenge
Unlocked! $12,500 for the Fund for Women's Volleyball from the Sarowitz Family.
100 / 100 Gifts
Completed
2
Match
DePaul Athletics Reach Back to Pull Others Forward Match
Thank you for giving to the DePaul Athletics Future Leaders Fund!
$7,905 MATCHED
Ended
$10,000
Caldow-Schaeflein Endowed Scholarship Challenge
Unlocked! $10,000 to the Caldow-Schaeflein Endowed Scholarship Fund from Kurt (BUS '84, MST '85) and Michelle Roderich.
30 / 30 Gifts
Completed
$5,000
DePaul Athletics Parent Challenge
Unlocked! Parents made 25 gifts to DePaul Athletics and unlocked $5,000 from Blue Demon parents Ted and Kathy Baer.
25 / 25 Gifts
Completed
$25,000
Richard H. Driehaus College of Business Scholarship Fund Challenge
Unlocked! $25,000 for Driehaus College of Business scholarships from Michael Cahill (MBA '87).
30 / 30 Gifts
Completed
$50,000
College of Communication Challenge
Unlocked! $50,000 for the College of Communication from Ron Culp, professional in residence, PRAD Program.
75 / 75 Gifts
Completed
$25,000
College of Education Challenge
Unlocked! $25,000 for the College of Education from The Mir Family.
100 / 100 Gifts
Completed
$25,000
Fund for Law Challenge
Unlocked! $25,000 to support student emergency expenses in the College of Law from Brian (JD '91) and Mary Faith Cook.
50 / 50 Gifts
Completed
$5,000
Public Interest Law Association Summer Fellowship Challenge
Unlocked! $5,000 for the Public Interest Law Summer Fellows Fund from Mark Sullivan (JD ’80).
25 / 25 Gifts
Completed
$50,000
Fund for Political Science Challenge
Unlocked! $50,000 for political science scholarships from David Barnum in memory of Cathy May.
20 / 20 Gifts
Completed
$50,000
School of Continuing and Professional Studies Challenge
Unlocked! A $50,000 pledge to support SCPS students from Sean Barrins (SCPS '11).
50 / 50 Gifts
Completed
$25,000
School of Music Challenge
Success! 60 gifts to the School of Music, meeting Ray Daly's (CSH MS '65) challenge in memory of his first wife, Harriet Peska Daly (SOM ’58, LAS MED ’67).
60 / 60 Gifts
Completed
$25,000
The Theatre School Challenge
Unlocked! $25,000 in TTS scholarships from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.
75 / 75 Gifts
Completed
$25,000
First 100 Gifts!
Unlocked! $25,000 for scholarships from Janice Newman, adjunct faculty member in the Driehaus College of Business.
100 / 100 Gifts
Completed
$25,000
773 Gifts!
Unlocked! $25,000 to the College of Communication from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.
773 / 773 Gifts
Completed
$25,000
1581 Gifts!
Unlocked! Alumni and friends made 1581 gifts so far during the Blue Demon Challenge and unlocked $25,000 for College of Education Scholarships from a group of donors who wish to remain anonymous.
1,581 / 1,581 Gifts
Completed
$100,000
2,000 Gifts!
Unlocked! The DePaul University community made 2,000 gifts and unlocked $100,000 from ComEd. ComEd and DePaul University are proud supporters of the ComEd Scholars Program, an initiative to forge accessible pathways to higher education and STEM careers for women, ethnic minorities and other underrepresented groups. ComEd is delighted to be part of the Blue Demon Challenge and help inspire other members of the DePaul community to participate.
2,000 / 2,000 Gifts
Completed
$25,000
3,000 Gifts!
Unlocked! The DePaul community made over 3,000 gifts and unlocked $25,000 from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.
3,000 / 3,000 Gifts
Completed
$25,000
Bonus Double Demon Challenge
Unlocked! Double demons made an additional 25 gifts and unlocked $25,000 for the Driehaus College of Business from Ernie (BUS’57) and Mimi Wish.
25 / 25 Gifts
Completed
$75,000
Bonus Faculty/Staff Challenge
Unlocked! DePaul faculty and staff donors made an additional 150 gifts and unlocked an additional $75,000 for scholarships from Rich and Mary Ann Goode.
150 / 150 Gifts
Completed
$25,000
Student Giving Challenge
Unlocked! DePaul students made 50 gifts and unlocked a $25,000 scholarship from Dr. Kathleen Cieplak Owens (LAS '73)!
50 / 50 Gifts
Completed
Success!
A Reach For $2.4M!
Unlocked! DePaul surpassed $2,400,000 and unlocked $50,000 from a trustee who wishes to remain anonymous.
Completed
$75,000
Blue Demon Smash Challenge!
Unlocked! The DePaul community made 200 gifts between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m and unlocked $75,000 to create a scholarship for first-generation students from Catherine Mechla (COE '71).
200 / 200 Gifts
Completed
$50,000
There's sNOw Place like DePaul Challenge
Unlocked! The DePaul community made 200 gifts in an hour and unlocked $50,000 from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.
200 / 200 Gifts
Completed
$25,000
Bonus School of Continuing & Professional Studies Challenge
Unlocked! $25,000 for SCPS from the SCPS Advisory Board.
25 / 25 Gifts
Completed
$25,000
Now We Must: Student Emergency Assistance Fund Challenge
Unlocked! $25,000 to the Student Emergency Assistance Fund from Life Trustee Bill Kusack (MBA '78).
125 / 125 Gifts
Completed
$50,000
Now We Must: Scholarship Challenge
Unlocked! $50,000 to create an endowed scholarship from Rick Michaels (BUS '73).
100 / 100 Gifts
Completed
2
Match
Louise and Vincent Endowed Scholarship Fund Match
Matched! Thank you for your generous contributions to the new Louise and Vinny Endowed Scholarship Fund.
$1,010 MATCHED
Ended
$25,000
Now We Must: Access to Technology Challenge
Unlocked! $25,000 unlocked thanks to the generous donors to the Fund for Access to Technology.
35 / 35 Gifts
Completed
Success!
DePaul Athletics Blue Demon Nation 50 States Challenge
Unlocked! Blue Demons alumni and fans made gifts from all 50 states and unlocked $30,000 from John Koshmider, Wayne Koshmider and Del Troyer.
Completed
$100,000
Men's Basketball Challenge
Unlocked! $100,000 from Chuck (BUS '79, MBA '84) and Barb Kopoulos.
100 / 100 Gifts
Completed
2
Match
Bonus Men's Basketball Match
Matched! $12,500 to Men's Basketball from Ernie (BUS ’57) and Mimi Wish.
$12,500 MATCHED
Completed
$12,500
Sarowitz Men's Golf Challenge
Unlocked! $12,500 for the Fund for Men's Golf from the Sarowitz Family.
100 / 100 Gifts
Completed
$12,500
Sarowitz Women's Soccer Challenge
Unlocked! $12,500 for the Fund for Women's Soccer from the Sarowitz family.
100 / 100 Gifts
Completed
$12,500
Sarowitz Women's Softball Challenge
Unlocked! $12,500 for the Fund for Women's Softball from the Sarowitz Family.
100 / 100 Gifts
Completed
$12,500
Sarowitz Women's Tennis Challenge
Unlocked! $12,500 for the Fund for Women's Tennis from the Sarowitz Family.
100 / 100 Gifts
Completed
$100,000
DePaul Athletics Academic Excellence Guiding Principle Challenge
Unlocked! Alumni and friends made 150 gifts to athletics scholarships and unlocked $100,000.
150 / 150 Gifts
Completed
2
Match
Athletics Championship Experience Fund Match
Matched! Thank you for supporting the Athletics Championship Experience Fund.
$28,590 MATCHED
Ended
$5,000
Fund for the Spirit Squad Challenge
Unlocked! 50 alumni and friends made gifts to the Fund for the Spirit Squad and unlocked $5,000 from Edward J. Fellin (BUS '80).
50 / 50 Gifts
Completed
$75,000
Driehaus College of Business Challenge
Unlocked! $75,000 for Driehaus College of Business Scholarships from Gordon Stefenhagen (BUS '67).
150 / 150 Gifts
Completed
2
Match
Deloitte Endowed Faculty Fellowship Match
Matched! Thank you for giving to the Deloitte Endowed Faculty Fellowship Fund
$143,050 MATCHED
Ended
$50,000
College of Computing and Digital Media Challenge
Unlocked! $50,000 to create a new scholarship for CDM students from Iron Galaxy.
75 / 75 Gifts
Completed
$60,000
College of Law Challenge
Unlocked! $60,000 for the College of Law from Noelle Brennan (JD '95).
150 / 150 Gifts
Completed
$2,500
Bonus Public Interest Law Summer Fellows Challenge
Unlocked! $2,500 for the Public Interest Law Summer Fellows Fund from Jorie and Dan (JD '06) Lombard.
15 / 15 Gifts
Completed
$30,000
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Challenge
Unlocked! $30,000 for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences from Susan deCorvova.
100 / 100 Gifts
Completed
2
Match
Modern Languages Study Abroad Match
Matched! $1,000 to the Brault Modern Languages Study Abroad Fund from Andrew Johnson (LAS '03).
$1,000 MATCHED
Completed
$25,000
Bonus School of Music Challenge!
Unlocked! Alumni and friends made an additional 25 gifts to the School of Music and unlocked $25,000 from Ernie (BUS ’57) and Mimi Wish!
25 / 25 Gifts
Completed
$25,000
Fund for Music Challenge
Unlocked! $25,000 to the School of Music from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.
20 / 20 Gifts
Completed
Success!
Social Shares Challenge
Unlocked! 100 people shared Blue Demon Challenge posts and unlocked $2,500 for DePaul from Cory Gunderson (BUS ’91).
Completed
$25,000
312 Gifts!
312 gifts surpassed! $25,000 for Driehaus College of Business scholarships from Brian Sethness (MBA '02).
312 / 312 Gifts
Completed
$100,000
1,000 Gifts!
Unlocked! The DePaul University community made 1,000 gifts and unlocked $100,000 from ComEd. ComEd and DePaul University are proud supporters of the ComEd Scholars Program, an initiative to forge accessible pathways to higher education and STEM careers for women, ethnic minorities and other underrepresented groups. ComEd is delighted to be part of the Blue Demon Challenge and help inspire other members of the DePaul community to participate.
1,000 / 1,000 Gifts
Completed
$25,000
1898 Gifts!
Unlocked! Alumni and friends made 1898 gifts during the Blue Demon Challenge and unlocked $25,000 for Driehaus College of Business scholarships from Erik (DBA '19) and Lori Davidson.
1,898 / 1,898 Gifts
Completed
$25,000
2021 Gifts!
Unlocked! Alumni and friends made 2021 gifts and unlocked $25,000 for Driehaus College of Business scholarships from Diane Mustain (BUS '81, MBA '85)
2,021 / 2,021 Gifts
Completed
$10,000
Double Demon Challenge
Unlocked! Double Demons made 75 gifts and unlocked $10,000 from Tony Ciganek (CSH '74, CSH MS '76).
75 / 75 Gifts
Completed
$75,000
Faculty/Staff Giving Challenge
Unlocked! DePaul faculty and staff donors unlocked $75,000 in support of study abroad.
250 / 250 Gifts
Completed
$15,000
Parent Giving Challenge
Unlocked! DePaul parents made 100 gifts and unlocked $15,000 from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.
100 / 100 Gifts
Completed
$25,000
Young Alumni Challenge
Unlocked! DePaul's young alumni unlocked $25,000 for scholarships from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.
100 / 100 Gifts
Completed
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2 CA 150
3 IN 82
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