2009 Challenge Met Ahead of December 31 Deadline

YC secures year three of an anonymous challenge – prepared to launch final year

Mackey Center

Year three of a 4-year challenge has been successfully completed one month ahead of the target date. York College has already raised a total of $668,477 exceeding the $500,000 needed to qualify for part three of the major challenge. An anonymous donor had agreed to match every “new” gift to the college up to $500,000 during 2009, and did so with their own contribution earlier this month.


President Steve Eckman said, “Despite some tough economic realities, our alumni and friends pushed themselves to match this significant challenge. The beneficiaries are our students. Thanks to everyone who participated and made this challenge gift a success.”


Since the four-year challenge began in 2007, York College has initiated a program in Criminal Justice and is working toward a degree in Social Work, a graduate degree in Education and online degrees. The college has added athletic programs (volleyball, cross country and track) and is working toward becoming a wireless campus. At the same time, this gift has helped enhance student scholarships while the price of tuition has remained unchanged.


With the 2009 Challenge secured, year number four of this 4-year challenge will begin on January 1 and will conclude December 31, 2010. All “new” gifts received will be matched up to $250,000. How will the 2010 Challenge work?


    * An anonymous donor will match every new gift, dollar for dollar, up to $250,000!

    * If you did not give in 2009, the entire amount of your gift or gifts throughout 2010 will be matched.

    * If you gave in 2009, the amount of increase in your gift or gifts will be matched.

    * If you or your spouse works for a matching gift company, the matching gift may also count toward the challenge.

    * Need more information?  Call the York College Advancement Office at 402-363-5664.

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