Matching gift challenge supports Hastings College

hal dittmerHal Dittmer ’62, a long-time friend of Hastings College and Chairman of its Board of Trustees, has challenged Hastings College alumni and friends to give generously to the College’s 1882 Fund before December 31. Dittmer said he would match gifts given during the challenge, up to $100,000, doubling the effects of each donor’s gift to the fund.

This is the third challenge issued to Hastings College donors by Dittmer, whose past challenges have raised more than $400,000 for the 1882 Fund. Annual gifts to the 1882 Fund provide scholarships for students with financial need and enhance all aspects of students’ academic and co-curricular experiences at Hastings College.

“This is an incredible opportunity for Hastings College’s friends and alumni to make a tremendous mark on the lives of our students by supporting the 1882 Fund,” said Hastings College President Don Jackson ’70. “We are so grateful for the generosity of Hal and for the generosity of the many donors who will step up and meet this challenge.”

Gifts of any size to the 1882 Fund can be made online at or by contacting the Hastings College Foundation at 800.775.2585 or

Founded in 1882, Hastings College is a private, four-year institution located in Hastings, Nebraska, that focuses on academic and extracurricular achievement. With 64 majors and 15 pre-professional programs, Hastings College has been named among “Great Schools, Great Prices” by U.S. News & World Report, a “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review and a “Best Bang for the Buck” school by Washington Monthly.

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