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Annual Fund (Make a Gift)

At Saint Francis University, the annual fund is so much more than keeping the lights on or maintaining heat in our buildings. In short, making a gift to the annual fund is about making a difference in the lives of our students.

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  • Donate Online Button The Annual Fund is about supporting an exceptional living and learning environment for current and future students. It is about providing resources throughout the campus for all programs and all students. It is about excellence in research, in residence life, in athletics, in study abroad, in technology and campus beautification projects. 

    Your unrestricted gifts ensure that Saint Francis University is able to meet its commitment to academic excellence and its ability to adapt to the ever-changing needs of our students. 

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    2019-2020 Results (Thank you for a great year!)

    Thank you to the 3,030 alumni, parents and friends who generously supported the Saint Francis University  Annual Fund for Excellence in 2019-2020. Your support of $2.8 million + strengthens and enhances all areas of the University. The past academic year ended like no other with our campus shutting down in March and all students forced to complete the semester virtually.  Your support was so critical this yer and your gifts to our student emergency fund  and our Dorothy Day Center helped so many individuals during the pandemic.  Thank you for your support.  

    Matching Gifts (Increase your gift!)

    If you are employed by a matching gift company, you can double, triple or even quadruple your gift to the Saint Francis University Annual Fund for Excellence. More than one thousand companies nationwide participate in the matching gift program.

    The Matching Gift Program

    Matching gift programs often vary by employer, both in eligibility and in the amount of the match. Some companies will match donations by employees, retirees and/or spouses. Procedures differ as well, but typically include the following simple steps.

     Step 1:  Find out if your company sponsors a matching gift program. Simply enter your employer's name at and click on search.

     Step 2:  If your company participates, request a matching gift form from your employer's human resources office.

     Step 3:  Complete and sign the form.

     Step 4:  Return the matching gift form and your donation to:

    Saint Francis University
    Annual Fund for Excellence
    PO Box 600
    Loretto, PA 15940-0600

    We will do the rest. If you are making an online gift please include the employer information on the page and mail your matching gift form to the above address.

    If you have any questions, call 814-472-3021.

    Phone Program (Expect our call!)

    Each fall and spring semester the Raymond Hall calling room is transformed from a typical University office setting to a vibrant call center. Our energetic student callers telephone alumni and parents Sunday through Thursday evenings starting in mid September through November during the fall semester, and late January through April during the spring semester.

    Thank you

    During the 2019-2020 Annual Fund for Excellence Phone Program, student callers raised $227,594 in pledges for the University through the generosity of alumni and parents. The goal for the 2020-2021 Annual Fund for Excellence Phone Program is to raise $300,000 in pledges.

    Student Callers

    Our callers enjoy hearing about your experiences and accomplishments since leaving Saint Francis. They also look forward to thanking you for your past support and updating you on all of the great things happening at the University.  During the last school year, student callers contacted more than 8,000 alumni and parents to discuss many new initiatives occurring at Saint Francis.

    So, please answer your telephone when a Saint Francis student calls you!  Remember, your tax-deductible gift to the Annual Fund for Excellence can be made by personal check, credit card.

    If you missed your call from one of our student callers, please contact the Office of the Annual Fund for Excellence at 814-472-3126. We will assist you in making a connection with a student caller.  

              Staying connected with Alumni and Parents.
              Forever investing in the University's future.
              Understanding the importance of giving back!



    Tribute Program (Memorialize or honor your loved ones)

    Saint Francis University offers several opportunities to memorialize or honor a loved one or simply reflect your loyal support for Saint Francis University. These distinct opportunities are designed for you to personalize your tribute and enhance the University.

     Memorial Bench ($5,000 gift)

    Through the memorial bench program, benches have been purchased to honor or remember family, loved ones, classmates, faculty members and other sources of inspiration. Our benches are located throughout campus and contribute to the beauty of Saint Francis University's campus. We will help you select the location of a bench, develop an appropriate citation for the bass plaque, and design the surrounding landscaping

     Memorial Tree ($1,000 gift)

    Through the memorial tree program you can have a tree planted on campus in the name of a special person in your life. A member of staff will help you select a fitting tree and planting site. A brass plaque inscribed with the appropriate citation will be placed at the base of the tree. If the tree dies within two years of planting, it will be replaced at no cost. 

    Memorial Book ($250)

    Through the memorial book program we will help you select a meaningful book, in honor or memory of someone special to you, to be added to the collections of the Saint Francis University Library. An attractive book plate with an appropriate inscription will be placed on the inside cover. The cost of a memorial book begins at $250 depending on the style of the book selected.

    For more information, please contact:

    Marie Melusky
    Associate VP for Advancement



    More Ways to Give

    Your Gift Makes a Difference

    Thank you for supporting Saint Francis University. Every donor and every gift makes a difference in students’ lives by improving the quality and value of a Saint Francis University education. Here are a few other ways you may give.

    Gifts by Mail

    You can make a gift with a check and mail to:

    Saint Francis University 
    Annual Fund for Excellence
    PO Box 600
    Loretto, PA 15940

    Credit Card Gifts

    You may use your credit card to make a gift online or by calling 814-472-3021.

    Appreciated Securities/Stock

    You may support Saint Francis University while receiving a charitable deduction and possibly avoiding capital gains taxes by donating through appreciated securities or stock. To insure that your stock gift is promptly recorded and acknowledged with a receipt for your tax purposes, please notify our advancement services coordinator, Pam Zemrose (814-472-3148), to let her know that you would like to transfer a stock gift to the University.  You may also let Pam know if you wish to restrict your gift to a specific purpose.

    To complete the transaction to the university, she will need to know:

    • Donor's Name
    • Name of stock and number of shares
    • Date of transfer
    • Any restriction on the gift, if applicable

    Then instruct your broker to transfer the stock to Saint Francis University by contacting the University's broker:

    Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc.
    180 Charlotte Drive
    Altoona, PA 16601
    Karen Schraff, Manager
    814-941-6070 or 800-533-6401
    SFU Account #: 3184-4235
    DTC: 0793 (Electronic Transfer Number)
    SFU Federal ID#: 25-102-4358

    Real Estate and Personal Property

    Your home, land and other real estate may be used to make an immediate or life income gift.  As with appreciated securities, real estate gifts held more than a year can offer significant tax benefits.

    Recognition or Memorial Gifts

    Recognition and Memorial Gifts offer an opportunity to honor someone special or remember a deceased loved one.  Such gifts can be designed for any area within the University. 

    Deferred or Planned Gifts

    Deferred or planned gifts allow you to contribute while providing you with tax benefits and a potential income source.  Visit our planned giving page for answers to all of your estate planning questions.


    To make a gift-in-kind donation, please complete the gift-in-kind form and submit with your gift to the University.

    Contact Us

    For more complete gift giving information, or if you have questions, contact the Robert Crusciel, Office of Advancement by e-mail or at 814-472-3021.