Dominican's Week of Caring

This campaign ended on May 17, 2020, but you can still make a gift to Dominican University of California by clicking here!

2019-20 ASDU President, Elena Brown '20 

Dear Dominican Community,

Penguins truly stand together. We could not be more proud of our Dominican community. During Dominican's first-ever Week of Caring we saw students, parents, alumni and friends come together through happy hours, school spirit, graduation and philanthropy. Thanks to your generosity, we raised over $260,000 to support the Angel Fund, Close the Gap Scholarship, Dominican Fund, and many other programs. You also performed 300+ acts of caring to benefit the Dominican community.

Thank you for your kindness and generosity.

Between May 11 through May 16, we're asking our community to come together and show their #PenguinPride by performing acts of caring.  Here's how: 

Record a congratulatory video message or write a congratulatory email to graduating students who aren’t able to participate in a traditional commencement and need our moral support now more than ever.  Upload your video via this Google Form.  If you do not have a gmail account, you may also share your video with us by sending to

Turn your Shelter in Place space into a fine wine tasting lounge on Tuesday, May 12 at 5:00 pm.  Join us on our Dominican Alumni Facebook Live.  Whether you're a connoisseur or just a little wine curious, join from the comfort of your own home to learn more about the craft of wine tasting from Scott Lindstrom-Dake '96, Dominican alumnus and founder/winemaker of thumbprint cellars in Healdsburg.  Simply grab a bottle or two from your own rack to bring your experience to life!

Scott is making tasting easy and charitable for his fellow Penguins.  100% of proceeds for wine purchased will benefit the Close the Gap Scholarship.

Are you an Alumnus/a?  Don't forget to subscribe to the free Wine Club at checkout in order to receive your special Dominican Alumni 30% discount.  All proceeds from a thumbprint cellars wine purchase will go toward Dominican's Close the Gap Scholarship fund.  Additionally, thumbprint cellars will donate $50 to Close the Gap for each Wine Club sign up. 

*Must be 21 years of age or older to purchase and sign for delivery

In case you missed it, here's the Virtual Wine Tasting Facebook Live!

Show your school spirit by participating in the Penguin Spirit Challenge!  We're celebrating Penguin Spirit Day on Thursday, May 14.  Posts uploaded on Instagram and tagged with @DominicanAlumni will be reshared onto our page's story.  Let's show the world our Dominican spirit and how many Penguins Stand Together! 

Cheer on the Class of 2020!  Heartfelt congratulations to this amazing and resilient graduating class!  Please join us on Saturday, May 16, at 10 a.m. on YouTube for a broadcast of a special, short film dedicated to the Class of 2020.  All graduates, families, friends, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to join us at the virtual watch party!  Go Penguins!

Keep Penguins, Penguins!  With the impact of COVID-19, we are prioritizing giving options and funds that directly support our students and emergency needs.  For those who are able, we invite you to make a gift to one of three funds:

  • The Angel Fund focuses on providing aid for non-tuition expenses of some of our neediest students; donations allow us to provide relief and/or recovery support for students during these extenuating circumstances caused by the COVID-19 crisis.
  • The Close the Gap Scholarship provides direct tuition support for students who need help closing the gap between what they receive in financial aid and what their families can provide.
  • The Dominican Fund Difficult times require flexibility - and this unrestricted support fund allows Dominican to respond quickly and nimbly to unexpected opportunities and challenges.

Prefer to make your gift by check?  To make a contribution by mail, please make your check payable to Dominican University of California and send it to:

Dominican University of California
Office of Advancement
50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael, CA 94901

In the memo line, please indicate that this contribution is for Dominican's Week of Caring and which fund you would like to support.



US Donor Map

Penguins Stand Together for. . .

Close the Gap Scholarship 101$48,051
Angel Fund 51$63,729
Dominican Fund 45$39,815
Other 30$12,585

Class Leaderboard

The Class Leaderboard reflects giving from Alumni, Students, Parents
2015 8$475
2017 8$920
2020 5$225
1966 4$750
2019 4$85
2005 4$200
2016 3$2,994
2014 3$400
2006 3$250
2018 3$100
2023 3$100
2003 2$50
1972 2$300
1969 2$500
1988 2$150
1967 2$1,250
1976 2$150
1998 2$40
1961 2$600
2008 2$100
2001 2$110
2010 2$200
1986 1$5,000
1974 1$500
2012 1$100
1999 1$50
1959 1$25
1973 1$500
1954 1$100
1971 1$50
1995 1$50
1968 1$100
2007 1$50
2022 1$10
1993 1$100
2009 1$100

Donor affiliations

27% Alumni

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1% Students

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7% Parents

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39% Faculty/Staff

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9% Friends

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Donor list

Sophia De Quattro photoSophia De Quattro
Margaret Lucke & Charles Lucke
Merle Mason
Joe Morganti
Kori Colburn
Susan M Hunt
Lana Salvador
Kenneth A. Frost & Jane
Mark Jaime & Spouse
Gina Tucker-Roghi
Erin Aradi
Xavier R. Mur
Amy Wong & Glenn Poppe
Bryan Grevera
Meghan M Nelson
Kevin J Ow
Holly Werly
Phillip Billeci-Gard & Megan McSweeney
Jackie Gentile
Mark Nelson & Stacy
Shanice Whittaker
Daniel Cassidy
Vickie Alleman
John Hashizume
Andrea Renwanz Boyle
Lynne M LoPresto
Kathleen Ferrando
Patricia (Pat) Hartley & Larry
Alice Cochran
Julia Wilbarger
Mandy Lai
Tiffany Hermoso Padilla
Elizabeth Krauth
Amy Henkelman & Cornell Bass
Patricia Harris & Gary Hanks

President's Cabinet matched $35,000
Board of Trustees and Alumni Board of Directors matched $35,000
President Mary B. Marcy matched $50,000
Patricia Harris gave $200

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