It was nearly one year ago that Wesley Elingburg, a supporter of Western Carolina University’s Loyalty Fund for more than 18 years, issued a challenge to other donors with an offer to match new and increased gifts of at least $1,000, up to a maximum of $50,000.
To date, 31 people have taken Elingburg up on his challenge, making additional gifts to the Loyalty Fund that, when combined with his match, have resulted in an additional $91,183.42 to provide merit-based scholarships to WCU students.
There’s still time to participate in the Elingburg Challenge, which will conclude June 30.
Additional gifts made through the challenge are helping maintain the momentum of the recently concluded Campaign for Western Carolina, the first comprehensive fundraising effort at WCU. Although the campaign resulted in $51.8 million in contributions and pledges to the university, additional needs remain, said Natalie Clark, director of annual giving.
“There is no doubt the Elingburg Challenge has been a success, but there is still time to make this the best year on record for the Loyalty Fund, and for the WCU students who benefit from the merit-based scholarships the Loyalty Fund provides every year,” Clark said.
A 1978 graduate of Western Carolina, Elingburg is retired chief financial officer with Laboratory Corp. of America.
For more information on the Elingburg Challenge, visit loyaltyfund.wcu.edu, or contact Clark at 828-227-3090 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.