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The Lourdes Society recognizes individuals making investments to Lourdes University that drive inspiration in our students and across our campus.


In 1958, Lourdes University, rooted in Catholic and Franciscan traditions, was established to provide a values-centered education that enriches lives and advances academic excellence through the integration of the liberal arts and professional studies. Since that time, the University has inspired the lives of thousands of individuals, grown its reach across 36 states and was proud to award its first Doctorate Degree in the spring of 2020.

Through the continued support of faithful supporters, Lourdes has been able to invest in the success of every student on a personal and individualized level.

Lourdes Society

Lourdes Society members make annual commitments of $1,000 or more to the University. They prioritize the University in their philanthropic giving with gifts of inspiration to the future of the University and its students. Gifts may be designated to an area of interest or given as unrestricted.

Lourdes Society members are:

  • Invited to activities on and off campus that showcase innovation and excellence in education
  • Celebrated annually at APPLAUD; the night the whole Lourdes Community puts its hands together to recognize our donors
  • On the inside track of the latest Lourdes University news and announcements

What type of impact can Lourdes Society members initiate?

A gift of

  • $1,000 provides assistance towards the cost of a student’s textbooks or room and board
  • $5,000 provides resources for student mission trips and Habitat for Humanity involvement
  • $10,000 provides the Athletics program resources toward team travel, sports equipment, and athlete scholarships
  • $25,000 provides resources to establish an endowed scholarship benefiting students into perpetuity
  • $50,000 provides resources for specialized classroom equipment like simulation manikins in nursing labs
  • $75,000 provides resources to secure faculty and administration for innovative academic programs, like our Bachelor of Science in Craft Beverages or Exercise Science
  • $100,000 can assist in the shift to the iWolf digital learning environment with investment in
  • infrastructure, training, and device and equipment

What will be the impact YOU create as a Lourdes Society member?

We invite you to join today by making a gift online or contacting Brittany Telander, Director or Donor Relations at BTelander@Lourdes.edu or 419-517-8971 for more information.

Lourdes Society membership is renewable annually and based on gifts made or facilitated by an individual and his/her spouse. Corporate matching gifts count toward membership if received or verified within the same fiscal year.

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Celebrating Friendships

APPLAUD is the Lourdes Society signature event celebrating the members’ relationship with the University, each other and our commitment to the students. The evening is a creative celebration that offers opportunities to interact with students, hear University and program updates, sample delicious hors d’oeuvres and craft beverages and put our hands together for each other.  This year, the talent and humor of nationally acclaimed guitarist and comedian Mike Rayburn will delight and inspire all.