DEARBORN, Michigan (Zenit) - A Notre Dame alumni coalition verified that donors have pledged to withhold $8.2 million from the university in protest of the school’s decision to honor President Barack Obama.
The coalition launched the national outreach effort one week ago, appealing to alumni and benefactors to hold back donations until the university’s president, Father John Jenkins, is replaced.
In a press release today, the group, called “Replace Jenkins,” reported that over 900 pledges have been sent online with the promise of canceling payments to the school, including notifications from donors who removed large estate bequests to the university from their wills.
The coalition statement reported that campaign organizers have “personally confirmed a majority of the largest donations, and continue to verify the validity of millions of additional gifts.”
David DiFranco, the group’s spokesperson, said: “We knew many donors and alums were unhappy with the decision to honor a pro-abortion president, but we never expected this large of a response.”
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