This changes everything.

Together we’ve reached an unprecedented moment in Drake’s history. A moment when new resources unleash tremendous potential. When bold vision becomes reality.


raised during distinctlyDrake

  • % of $216 Million total

  • % of $216 Million total


donors gave from 50 states and 25 countries

  • 67% Alumni

  • 19% Friends

  • 8% Parents

  • 6% Organizations

Access to Opportunities

Scholarships make a Drake education possible for many bright minds, and open new paths for students who may have curtailed their ambitions due to financial restraints.


to create


new scholarship funds

madelynsmith_headshot“The scholarship I received to Drake Law School changed everything for me in terms of where I set my bar of possibility,” says Madelyn Smith, LW’15. “There is no way I could have taken two unpaid clerkships if I hadn’t been financially stable, and those experiences are what helped me get me a job in criminal defense, which I absolutely love.”




Interdisciplinary centers broaden minds and horizons through events, speakers, conferences, and other learning opportunities.


to support interdisciplinary centers and programming

Senator Chuck Grassley met with a small group of Drake students for a discussion about his legislative work through the Harkin Institute’s student luncheons and receptions.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon spoke about “Global Citizenship in a Changing World” at Drake in a lecture sponsored by the center.

Countless Iowa school children have learned about the Six Pillars of Character through Character Counts In Iowa’s programming. The Ray Center will continue this important work and serve as a national think tank for issues of leadership, ethics, and civility.

Drake student Emma Wilson, Class of 2016, participated in the Model Arab League competition in Cairo, Egypt, with assistance from the Nelson Institute.

Emily Raecker, BN’15, helped Ugandan artist Godfrey Kalungi design a business plan that ultimately led to a storefront in Kampala, Uganda, and strong online sales in the United States. Their connection was made possible through the Buchanan Center’s international opportunities.


Teaching & Learning

Because of distinctlyDrake, students can immerse themselves in opportunities to expand their skills and knowledge outside the classroom.

$10 Million

to expand experiential learning

20150812-One-Million-Cups-53Lorentzen Hatchery

Kai Asberry, Class of 2016, launched his on-demand tailoring company, Snippster, as a 2015 participant in the Lorentzen Student Hatchery. The competitive summer program provides financial and logistical support to entrepreneurial students.

20150812-One-Million-Cups-53Slay Fund

Brenna Cox, Class of 2017, spent a summer helping women get back on their feet through an internship at Dress for Success, which was sponsored by the Slay Fund for Social Justice.

2-7-15-Murphy-Cup-102Murphy Cup

Students from Drake and Creighton universities teamed up to help Meredith Corporation increase millennial readership of flagship publication Better Homes and Gardens during the Murphy Cup marketing competition.



$33 Million

to endow 11 faculty positions and support faculty development

Peggy Fisher and Larry Stelter Chair of Magazine Journalism

Fred and Patty Turner Professor in Jazz Studies

Franklin P. Johnson Director of the Drake Relays

Herb and Karen Baum Chair of Ethics and the Professions

Employers Mutual Distinguished Professor of Insurance

Sammons Endowed Professor in Actuarial Science

LaVerne and Blaine Briggs Professor of Cello


Culture of Philanthropy

Drake thrives because of the generosity of its alumni, friends, and students who offer their time, talents, and resources to better the University.


Students Active in Student Alumni Association 2014-2015


Students Who Donated During Philanthropy Week 2015



Consecutive Giving Society Members 2014-2015

  • 48% 2-5 years

  • 20% 6-10 years

  • 13% 11-15 years

  • 4% 16-20 years

  • 5% 21-25 years

  • 10% more than 25 years

Events Held During distinctlyDrake


DU Good Day

DU Good Day brings Bulldogs together to perform service in communities across the country.

Alumni House

Bulldogs everywhere have a new home on campus. The Alumni House opened in 2014.


Collective Strength

The Drake Fund’s growth is crucial for the continued strength and vitality of Drake University.


to advance The Drake Fund


President’s Circle members in 2014-2015

Thank you.

For your passion, your dedication, your enduring love for Drake.

For our strengthened foundation, our empowered possibilities, our bright future—distinctlyDrake is opening doors and expanding opportunities, encouraging young minds and spurring innovation. Its legacy will endure for years to come.