Quincy University announced it has exceeded its $1 million QU Fund goal for the fourth straight year. This year, the fund raised more than $1,037,000 for the university’s endowment and areas of greatest need on the QU campus, the highest in QU’s 154 year history.
Julie Bell, vice president for university advancement made the announcement at a luncheon celebration in the Quincy University Hall of Fame Room. QU’s total fundraising efforts exceeded $4.2 million. Giving to the endowment increased by 10 percent.
The QU Fund, chaired by Hon. Mark ’75 and Kate (Orlet) Schuering ’76, supports technology upgrades, campus enhancements, and faculty development, as well as the endowment, which ensures the University’s longevity.
“Exceeding our $1 million QU Fund goal for the fourth consecutive year is a testament to the commitment of alumni, friends and the business community to our mission of preparing men and women for leadership in a changing world,” Bell said. “We are especially appreciative of the increased support of our endowment, as this ensures the future vibrancy of Quincy University for generations to come.”
One highlight of the campaign was the internal faculty and staff drive that boasted a 96 percent participation rate. That tops last year’s rate of 94 percent and is the highest in university history.
"The continued success of the QU Fund would not be possible without the many volunteers who share the QU story around the country. Through the generosity of more than 3,000 donors we set a record high with this year's fund drive which is evidence of Quincy University's vitally important role in our region," Matt Bergman, director of development & alumni services said.
Local QU Fund volunteers during the 2013-2014 campaign were:
QU Board of Trustees: Dennis Boudreau ’76, Michael McClain, Jim Mentesti ’66, Delmer Mitchell, and Joe Tracy.
Alumni: Jim Citro ’73, Ryan Goestenkors’02, Allison (Oakley) Hall ’09, Jan (Dickson) Koester ’77, Steve Koester ’75, Mike Mahair ’73, , Bill Metzinger ’74Paul Meyer ’43, Shirley Murphy ’87, Theresa Spear ’96, Maggie (Schuering) Strong ’03.
Community Leaders: Tony Crane, Jen Gervasi, Charles Lugo, Bill McCleery, Chris Niemann, Steve Siebers and Jeff Spear.
Founded in 1860 by Franciscan friars, Quincy University (www.quincy.edu) is a Catholic, co-educational, residential university offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult education programs that integrate liberal arts, active learning, practical experience, and Franciscan values. Quincy University’s intercollegiate sports are members of the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference for men and women. For more information, please contact the Quincy University office of communications by calling (217) 228-5275.