Quincy University exceeded its $1 million QU Fund goal for the fifth straight year. The fund raised more than $1,093,000 for the university’s endowment and areas of greatest need on the QU campus, which provided a record QU fund goal results in the end . Giving to the QU Fund increased five percent over 2013-14 and participation by alumni and friends increased three percent.

Record QU Fund Goal Results Will Grow Our Mission To Higher Education

“We are honored to see such a positive and record-breaking response to this year’s QU Fund campaign,” QU President Robert Gervasi said. “The increase in both participation and total giving will go a long way toward our continued growth and overall mission to higher education.”

QU’s total fundraising efforts reached nearly $4.3 million. Julie Bell, vice president for university advancement, made the announcement on Monday afternoon at a luncheon in Quincy University’s Hall of Fame Room.

“On behalf of Quincy University, we would like to thank all who helped us to once again reach and surpass our goal. This milestone is an incredible reflection of a dedicated base of alumni and friends invested in the future of Quincy University students,” Bell said.

The QU Fund, chaired by Dave ’84 and Theresa Oakley, supports technology upgrades, campus enhancements, and faculty development, as well as the endowment, which ensures the University’s longevity.

“Exceeding our campaign goal, and our ‘quiet goal’ to beat last year is impressive,” Dave said. “It is a testament to the dedication of the QU staff, volunteers, alumni, and community supporters that we have been able to continue this wonderful trend.”

Theresa adds that “[The support from donors] allows Quincy University to continue its mission to educate students in the Franciscan tradition, instill wisdom in them, and prepare them for lives of leadership.”

Local QU Fund volunteers during the 2014-2015 campaign include:

Alumni: Jim Citro ’73, Ryan Goestenkors ’02, Al Knepler ’71, Steve Koester ’75, Mike Mahair ’73, Jim Mentesti ’66, Paul Meyer ’43, Shirley Murphy ’87.

Community Leaders: Tony Crane, Jen Gervasi, Charles Lugo, Bill McCleery, Steve Siebers and Jeff Spear.