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Join the fearless and faithful community of Notre Dame of Maryland University supporters. Become one of The Fearless 180—graduates making their first-ever gifts to Notre Dame, in honor of the 180th anniversary of the founding of the School Sisters of Notre Dame.

About Fearless 180


What is The Fearless 180 online campaign?
The Fearless 180 campaign honors the 180th anniversary of the School Sisters of Notre Dame by encouraging 180 graduates to make their first gift to The Notre Dame Fund.

In 1833, Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger founded the School Sisters of Notre Dame in Bavaria in order to respond to the needs of the times through education. In 1847, Blessed Theresa and five companion sisters journeyed to America on a mission to educate women leaders to transform the world. Their vision crystallized in 1895 with the founding of what is now Notre Dame of Maryland University. The SSNDs had a bold vision, and their fearlessness persists to this day.

A first gift—of any amount—to The Notre Dame Fund is a tangible way to support the mission of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, to educate students to transform the world. Your gift to The Notre Dame Fund will sustain the people and programs that make Notre Dame fearless. Raise the university’s profile, positively impact our rankings in surveys like U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review and increase our ability to attract new students and new sources of funding by supporting The Notre Dame Fund today!

During February, we will also honor just a few of our fearless Notre Dame community members by posting their stories on this website and on Facebook and Twitter (look for #Fearless180). Check back often to read the latest stories!

You can also submit your own story about what makes you a Fearless Notre Dame graduate.

How do I make a gift?
To make a text-to-give* donation of $10, simply text the word FEARLESS with your name and class year to 80888—for example: FEARLESS Jane Doe 2013. You can also make a secure donation using our online giving form

Can I give more than $10?
Yes! With text-to-give, you can send one text for every $10 you wish to donate—for example, to donate $50, send 5 texts to 80888. To conveniently give another amount, please visit our online giving page.

I made a gift. What happens now?
Once we receive notification of your gift, your name will be added to The Fearless 180. Be sure to check back often to see which of your fellow classmates have also made their first gift! Don’t see someone? Ask her or him to join you!

Can my gift be anonymous?

Yes. If you’d like your gift to be anonymous, please use the online giving form and choose the anonymous gift option.

What if I am already a donor to The Notre Dame Fund?
As always, we thank you for your continued support of your alma mater and appreciate any additional gifts you may make to The Notre Dame Fund. As a current donor, you know how important it is to support Notre Dame, so we also ask that you spread the word and encourage other alums to be a first-time donor during The Fearless 180 campaign.

Text Fearless To 80888 To Give $10 Text Fearless To 80888 To Give $10 The Fearless 180 Donor list

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*One-time donation of $10 will be added to your wireless bill. Message and data rates may apply. Available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile. Must be 18 or older and have authorization of account holder. Donations benefit Notre Dame of Maryland University, collected by Innogive Foundation. Subject to terms: igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p.

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For more information about Fearless 180, contact Rachael Mann, Annual Giving Coordinator, at rmann@ndm.edu or 410-532-3197.