Giving to Dordt

Select an option below to learn more about that designation and make a gift online.

Annual Fund

The annual fund helps to provide for every student through scholarships, educational enrichment, and community engagement. Gifts to the annal fund equip students with the knowledge, skills, and distinct biblical perspective they need in every aspect of contemporary life.

Why give?

When you give to the Annual Fund, you make a Dordt education possible – helping to ensure academically challenging and courageously biblical education for generations to come.

Ways to give

The Dordt Fund

The Dordt Fund serves the area of greatest need; it bridges the gap between sticker price and what students actually pay for a Dordt education. By funding academic programs, athletics, student scholarships, faculty and staff salaries, and an array of other programs and co-curricular opportunities, the Dordt Fund directly benefits every student and helps make a Dordt education affordable.

Defender Forever

Defender Forever members are alumni, parents, friends, and fans of Dordt University who are committed to its success through an ongoing, recurring gift. Old and young from near and far, Defender Forever members have chosen to make a lasting promise with a lasting impact.

Special Project (Spring Drive)

Dordt University’s Academic Enrichment Center helps students maximize their learning—equipping them with the tools needed to function both within an academic community and as lifelong independent learners. 

The expansion and renovation of the Academic Enrichment Center will allow for improved visibility and access, additional tutoring spaces, flexible multi-purpose areas for large and small study sessions, and a classroom space for tutor training, workshops, and course support.

Scholarship Giving

Scholarships directly impact students and can be the difference between simply going to school and the opportunity to study, compete, work, and play in a vibrant Christ-centered community.

Why give?

Student scholarship support ensures that Dordt remains competitive, helps to maximize value, and is economically feasible for any student who desires to pursue a Christ-centered education.

Ways to give

Alumni Scholarships

Each year, Dordt University alumni make a tangible difference in the lives of over 40 students through their support of the Alumni Scholarship Drive. Helping to fund $1,000 scholarships for freshmen and $2,000 scholarships for upperclassmen, alumni play an important role in a student’s decision to attend and continue at Dordt.

The Rooster Booster Scholarship

The Rooster Booster Scholarship is funded by close friends and strong supporters of Dordt University who share a love of pheasant hunting. Since 2006, Rooster Boosters have raised more than $1.5 million in scholarships.

Rooster Booster

A passion for Dordt University and our love of pheasant hunting spurred on a partnership.

Annually Funded Scholarships

Annually funded scholarships are established with a gift of $2,000 or more and a commitment to continue that support for a minimum of five years.

Contact us: 712-722-6020

Endowed Scholarships

Endowed scholarships are funded with a gift of $50,000 or more and are awarded based on the invested earnings of the funds.

Contact us: 712-722-6020

Defender Athletics

The mission of the Defender Gold Club is to promote interest and support for Dordt athletics while providing an enriching experience for student-athletes.

Why give?

When you give to the Defender Gold Club, you have the opportunity to support Defender athletics on many levels. You can give directly to a sport, or check out the scholarship options available. Your gift helps to promote the Defender Way and Defender Nation.

Specific needs for each program

Some of our teams have indicated specific needs they would like to fundraise for. If you'd like to learn more about these sports, please select one below, or view our athletic training support needs.

Membership levels

Please select a membership level below, based on our school colors:

Recent Alumni Membership

Specifically for graduates of 2018, 2019, and 2020.

One time gift of $50 or a monthly gift of $5.

Membership level perks:
  • Game-Program Listing
  • Website Recognition

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WHITE Level Membership

One time gift of $100 or a monthly gift of $12.

Membership level perks:
  • Game-Program Listing
  • Website Recognition

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BLACK LEVEL MEMBERSHIP

One time gift of $250 or monthly gift of $21.

Membership level perks:
  • Game-program listing
  • Website recognition
  • Designate to sport of choice

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SILVER LEVEL MEMBERSHIP

One time gift of $500 or monthly gift of $42.

Membership level perks:
  • Game-program listing
  • Website recognition
  • Designate to sport of choice
  • $10 credit to the Dordt Campus Store

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GOLD LEVEL MEMBERSHIP

One time gift of $1000 or monthly gift of $84.

Membership level perks:
  • Game-program listing
  • Website recognition
  • Designate to sport of choice
  • $20 credit to the Dordt Campus Store
  • All-sports family season pass

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DIAMOND LEVEL MEMBERSHIP

One time gift of $2,000 or monthly gift of $167.

Membership level perks:
  • Game-program listing
  • Website recognition
  • Designate to sport of choice
  • $40 credit to the Dordt Campus Store
  • All-sports family season pass
  • Named scholarship opportunity*

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CLUB LEVEL MEMBERSHIP

One time gift of $5,000 or monthly gift of $417.

Membership level perks:
  • Game-program listing
  • Website recognition
  • Designate to sport of choice
  • $50 credit to the Dordt Campus Store
  • All-sports family season pass
  • Named scholarship opportunity*

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DEFENDER LEVEL MEMBERSHIP

One time gift of $10,000 or monthly gift of $834.

Membership level perks:
  • Game-programming listing
  • Website recognition
  • Designate to sport of choice
  • $50 credit to the Dordt Campus Store
  • All-sports family season pass
  • Dinner with AD or coach of choice
  • Named scholarship opportunity*

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*Contact Ross Douma for more information on named scholarship opportunities

Capital Giving

Capital giving meets the need of current and future students and strengthens Dordt’s distinctive mission in three areas: leading in innovative programs, living and learning in Christian community, and increasing access.

Why give?

Capital giving supports Dordt’s vision to be the premier university for anyone who desires an academically challenging and courageously biblical education. Your support is part of an unprecedented investment that will impact generations to come.

Ways to give

Nursing Center Expansion

The Carl and Gloria Zylstra Nursing Education Center provides students with a hands-on classroom learning experience. Designed for applied learning the space includes a hospital simulation skills lab, high and low fidelity patient simulators, observations rooms, and faculty offices. The new facility ensures program quality, growth, and cost containment.

Theatre Arts/Professional Studies Center

The 13,200 square foot theatre space includes a scene shop, faculty offices, a flexible space classroom, and a state-of-the-art black box theatre. Designed to easily convert to space that will support continuing growth in Dordt’s Pro-Tech program, the current facility allows for the future inclusion of the Theatre Arts Department in the B.J. Haan Auditorium expansion.

Agriculture Stewardship Center Expansion

The Agriculture Stewardship Center provides expanded classrooms and improved lab and practicum spaces. A high-bay space, welding lab, CNC machines, and lathes, allow for hands on training for students in both four-year and two-year programs. A large conference space accommodates community groups, association gatherings, and special events. Future expansion plans include a monoslope cattle building, a flexible livestock building, grans storage facility and equipment storage shed.

DeWitt Gymnasium Renovations

The DeWitt Gymnasium provides an energetic and competitive venue for the Defenders. A series of improvements which include air conditioning, expanded locker room facilities, sound system upgrades, and improved main lobby access will serve current and future Defender athletes and fans for years to come.

Dining Commons

The new dining commons will connect dining with other campus buildings—creating a functional hub of student activity and community. The new dining commons will also accommodate changing dietary needs and improve banquet service for large university and community events.

BJ Haan Performing Arts Venue Expansion and Remodel

Worship is at the heart of the Dordt community. The renovation of the B.J. Haan Auditorium will include a new sound system in the main auditorium, additional restroom space, and live streaming capabilities. Expansions will include the addition of a 150 seat recital hall, improved accessibility, expanded lobby space, and a green room.

Planned Giving

Planned Giving is a smart and powerful way to multiply the impact of your gift to Dordt University. Cash, assets, commodities, real estate, life insurance, or a gift in your will are meaningful ways to further Dordt’s distinctive vision.

Why give?

Generosity comes in many forms. Your planned gift to Dordt University is an act of stewardship and care that reflects you and your priorities. Planned giving is a simple, flexible, and versatile way to your maximize your impact.

Planned Giving

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Ways to give

Leave a gift in your will

Making a gift to Dordt University in your will can be as simple as one sentence and is an easy way to support Dordt’s mission. Gifts in your will or living trust are versatile and can include, cash, assets, or a percentage of your estate.

Charitable gift annuities

A charitable gift annuity to Dordt University is the gift that gives back now and for the rest of your life. When you establish a charitable gift annuity you receive an income tax charitable deduction and fixed payments based on the percentage of your original gift all while supporting Dordt’s mission.

Charitable remainder trusts

A charitable remainder trust provides a gift to Dordt University and offers you reliable payments in two ways. 

  • The annuity trust pays you a predetermined annual fixed dollar amount. Your payments stay the same, regardless of fluctuations in trust investments.
  • The unitrust pays you an annual variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. The amount of your payments is redetermined annually based on the current value of the trust.

Charitable lead trusts

A charitable lead trust can make gifts to Dordt University in two ways.

  • A charitable lead annuity trust pays a fixed amount each year to Dordt University and is more attractive when interest rates are low.
  • A charitable lead unitrust pays a variable amount each year based on the value of the assets in the trust.

Memorial & Tribute gifts

Memorial and Tribute gifts to Dordt University are lasting and meaningful ways to honor a loved one, celebrate a special occasion, or mark an achievement.

Commodities

A gift of commodities or livestock to Dordt University is a smart and meaningful investment. Your gift of the sale (on a cash basis) is not required on your tax return while the cost of production can be claimed as an expense.

Other Giving

Use this option to select a custom gift option, donate to the Hope Fund, or support an Amor or PLIA service trip.

Check out the 'Ways to Give' tab below to view more information on these giving options.

Ways to give

Hope Fund

To learn more about the Hope Fund, visit dordt.edu/hope.

Hope Fund

The Hope Fund sends students a message of hope to our students, and makes it possible for them to complete their degree at Dordt.

PLIA

You can indicate an individual to designate your gift to when completing the donation.

Every spring break, Dordt University gives its students an opportunity to participate in a service project called Putting Love into Action, or PLIA. Each year, more than 100 students sign up to serve communities across the country. Students do a variety of jobs, including home repair, cleanup, and childcare. They also develop long-term relationships between Dordt and the organization the group serves.

AMOR

You can indicate an individual to designate your gift to when completing the donation.

AMOR, which stands for A Mission OutReach, is a vision trip: The goal is to see what God is already doing in another part of the world, because we believe that Jesus and the gospel go before us. AMOR is also an opportunity for students to gain cross-cultural experience, to apply their majors and unique gift sets to glorify God and serve others.