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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.
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.
Making a gift online is simple, direct and secure.
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.
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.
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
http://www.matchinggifts.com/stfrancis/ 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.
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.
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.
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
Staying connected with Alumni and Parents. Forever investing in the University's future. Understanding the importance of giving back!
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.
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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.
You can make a gift with a check and mail to:
Saint Francis University Annual Fund for ExcellencePO Box 600Loretto, PA 15940
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:
Then instruct your broker to transfer the stock to Saint Francis University by contacting the University's broker:
Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc.180 Charlotte DriveAltoona, PA 16601Karen Schraff, Manager814-941-6070 or 800-533-6401SFU Account #: 3184-4235DTC: 0793 (Electronic Transfer Number)SFU Federal ID#: 25-102-4358
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.
To make a gift-in-kind donation, please complete the gift-in-kind form and submit with your gift to the University.
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.
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