Special Initiatives

Special initiatives are those that impact many areas of campus and provide support to a specific fund or project. Current special initiatives participating in Day of Giving are:

Live Mascot Program
Over the last decade, the Butler University Live Mascot Program has earned a reputation among our peers in higher education for being original and innovative. From industry awards to front page spreads, evening news features, and social media vitality, Butler Blue IV and his predecessors have worked hard to set Butler's 

Live Mascot Program apart from any other. All of this success has led to immeasurable notoriety for Butler and your support can help us do even more fun and exciting things to help advance the Butler name and mission.

Butler Blue III Portrait Unveiling

Help us unveil Butler Blue III's (Trip) official portrait! Painted by Anthony J. Padgett of Red Truck Productions, Trip's canvas now hangs in Robertson Hall next to his predecessor, Blue II. Once we reach $5,000 in gifts to the Live Mascot Program the curtain will come down to reveal Trip's likeness underneath. Make a gift and help unveil Trip's official portrait!


Esports Program

Since its founding in 2017, the Butler University Esports Program has grown to two varsity teams competing in BIG EAST competition as well as 10 club teams. The Esports program has played Host University to the first-ever Esports Combine for the city of Indianapolis, conducted virtual summer and winter esports camps for youth as well as provided curricular partnerships via the Fox Sports University program. With over 100 competitive and social gamers, the Butler Esports program continues to grow virtually and in-person. The Esports and Gaming Center was the first step toward providing a facility, equipment, and resources to expand the holistic vision of esports integration through competition, curriculum and community engagement on/off our campus. We look forward to taking our program to the NEXT LEVEL with your support! Don’t forget to follow us on social media @ButlerEsports, Go Dawgs!  

Participation Challenge
Some call it giving back, we call it the Butler Way. Thank you, Bulldogs! And a special thank you to Ken Massaroni '83 and Lori Ziemba '82, and Lynne Zydowsky '81for funding this challenge.
1,500 / 1,500 Gifts
Alumni Community Leaderboard
Check out which Alumni Communities are making the largest impact on Butler Day of Giving!
Please indicate if you are a member of an alumni community
Rank Answer Amount
1 Central Indiana Community $22,960.00
2 Chicago Community $17,453.01
3 MBA Community $4,425.00
4 Greater Detroit Community $2,550.00
5 Greater Boston Community $2,410.00
6 Bay Area Community $2,230.00
7 Black Alumni Association $2,100.00
8 LGBT Alumni Association $2,075.00
9 Greater New York Community $1,675.00
10 Washington, DC Community $1,600.00
11 Greater Evansville Community $1,520.00
12 Atlanta Community $1,100.01
13 St. Louis Community $1,000.00
14 Cincinnati Community $990.18
15 Young Alumni Board $830.10
16 Fort Wayne Community $410.00
17 Mile High Community $275.00
Young Alumni Board Challenge
Young alumni rock! Thanks for your support!
100 / 100 Gifts
A Final Four Challenge
Let's finish strong over the last 4 hours of BU Day of Giving! Gifts made to the Butler Fund for Student Scholarship will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000. Your gift to the Butler Fund for Student Scholarship could be the game-winner pushing us over the 1,500 gift goal unlocking an additional $50,000 in student scholarship support!
$10,000 MATCHED
Butler Fund for Student Scholarship Matching Challenge
Gifts made to the Butler Fund for Student Scholarship will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $25,000 on Day of Giving. Butler University has steadily grown our financial aid allocation to nearly $78 million per year, but we need your help to further expand the financial resources available to our students and their families. Your gift to the Butler Fund for Student Scholarship will allow students to continue to experience the superior education that can only be offered at Butler University.
$25,000 MATCHED
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