ALLEGANY, N.Y. — St. Bonaventure University (SBU) posted its best year ever in unrestricted annual giving, with alumni, parents and friends generating more than $2.2 million in the 2006-2007 fiscal year ending May 31.
The annual cash-in rate for unrestricted giving — gifts that allow SBU to use funds wherever the money will have the greatest impact — was the best in the school’s history, surpassing the previous fundraising record set last fiscal year. The more than $2.2 million represents 5,565 donors, with alumni providing 77 percent of the gifts.
The 2007 Reunion Class Challenge raised more than $400,000 for the Bonaventure Fund, with nine out of the 11 classes exceeding their individual class goals. The members of the class of 1957, celebrating their 50th reunion this year, garnered the highest participation rate with 43 percent participation.
“The involvment and support of our donors has been incredible,” said Andresa Trisciuzzi, associate vice president for development and director of the campaign. shown in photo. “To have such a stellar year in unrestricted giving is an indication of the strong commitment our many supporters have for the university’s mission and vision for the future.”
Frank Sevola, a member of SBU’s board of trustees, said he agrees that this news shows that Bonaventure has great support from friends and alumni.
“There are many positive things going on right now,” said Frank, a 1982 graduate of St. Bonaventure. “I was on campus just last month for my reunion, and I was pleased to see all the additions especially the new café.”
The Bonaventure Fund, which began in 1888 as the Alumni Fund, is the primary vehicle through which alumni, parents and friends of the University provide support for scholarships, financial aid, academic program enhancement, faculty development and facilities upgrades.