The Blue Demon Challenge may be over, but you can still support DePaul students!
Today is the Blue Demon Challenge: Give Now!

There are many stories of tenacity from DePaul students during the global pandemic. They’re doing their best to stay safe and stay afloat financially while also keeping the momentum going toward earning their degree. Some are struggling to access reliable Wi-Fi, others are helping young siblings with remote learning, or picking up shifts as essential workers. Despite their tenacity, the continuing impact of COVID-19 has created an immeasurably steeper path toward graduation for our students, bringing many to the brink of abandoning their studies.  

St. Vincent de Paul believed that courageously answering "What must be done?" would guide our hopes for a better world. We are answering this call for our students through Now We Must: The Campaign for DePaul's Students. During the Blue Demon Challenge, your gift to the key pillars of the Now We Must campaign can go even further in the following ways:

  • Career Development & Experience: If alumni and friends direct 60 gifts to the Career Development and Experience Fund, Scott Hibbard, associate professor and chair of the political science department and the Macarthur Foundation will give $60,000 in support of experiential learning opportunities in memory of Cathy May, a long-time professor in Political Science.
  • Emergency Assistance: When alumni and friends make 125 gifts to the Student Emergency Assistance Fund, Life Trustee Bill Kusack (MBA '78) will give $25,000 to the fund. In addition, a donor who wishes to remain anonymous will match all gifts to the Student Emergency Assistance Fund, dollar-for-dollar, up to $50,000.
  • Mental Health & Wellness: If alumni and friends direct 50 gifts to the Fund for Student Mental Health & Wellbeing, Peggy (LAS ’83, LAS MS’85) and Patrick Burke will give $25,000 to the fund.
  • Scholarships & Financial Aid: When alumni and friends make 100 gifts to any scholarship fund, Rick Michaels (BUS ’73) will give $50,000 to create an endowed scholarship.
  • Technology & Access: If alumni and friends direct 35 gifts to the Fund for Access to Technology, a donor who wishes to remain anonymous will give $25,000. 

Thank you for your gift during the Blue Demon Challenge! To learn more about Now We Must: The Campaign for DePaul’s Students, visit give.depaul.edu/nowwemust.


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
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
$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!
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
$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!
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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