Quincy University announced it has exceeded its $1 million dollar QU Fund goal for the third straight year. This year the fund raised nearly $1,025,000 for the university’s endowment and areas of greatest need on the QU campus.
The announcement was made by Julie Bell, Vice President for University Advancement at a luncheon celebration in the Quincy University Hall of Fame Room. In addition to meeting the QU Fund goal, the University reported its restricted giving was up more than 135% over the previous year. Combined with generous estate gifts and government grants, QU’s total fundraising efforts exceeded $4.5 million dollars up from $3.4 million dollars the previous year.
The QU Fund, chaired by Bill Metzinger ’74, supports both current needs, including technology upgrades, campus enhancements, and faculty development, as well as the endowment, which ensures the University’s continued success today and in the future.
Bell said, “We greatly appreciate the investments of our alumni, friends and local business community. We are thankful for their support of our QU Fund, as well as projects addressed in our master plan, including the preservation of St. Francis Solanus Chapel and the construction of Legends Stadium. All investments positively impact our students—men and women who will be our future leaders.”
One highlight of the campaign was the internal faculty and staff drive that boasted a 94% participation rate. That tops last year’s rate of 90% and is the highest in university history.
Local QU Fund volunteers during the 2012-2013 campaign were:
QU Board of Trustees: Dennis Boudreau ’76, Phil Conover, Michael McClain, Jim Mentesti ’66, Bill Metzinger ’74, Delmar Mitchell, and Ron Vecchie ’79.
Alumni: Jim Citro ’73, Fr. John Doctor, OFM ’72, Steve Koester ’75, Mike Mahair ’73, Lucinda McClain ’71, Paul Meyer ’43, Shirley Murphy ’87 and Theresa Spear ’96.
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. The university has 15 intercollegiate sports and is a member of the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference for men and women.