Quincy University has announced a six-figure boost to its Financial Recovery Fundraising campaign. This $150,000 increase is thanks to grants from the JMT Family Fund and the Thankful Heart Fund with the Community Foundation Serving West Central Illinois & Northeast Missouri.

“We believe that QU is a way too important part of the makeup of Quincy to let it ever go away.  The benefits the community enjoys from its presence here are significant and would be very difficult to ever replace.  Finally, we are confident in the current leadership team at QU and appreciate their commitment to securing QU’s long-term future as a very special Institution,” said the Thankful Heart Fund’s representative to Jill Arnold Blickhan, president & CEO of the Community Foundation.

Quincy University began a financial recovery fundraising campaign in November 2016 to help get back in financial equilibrium. The five-year goal was set at $7M and to-date the campaign has raised $4.7M in gifts and pledges.

“These gifts have made an immediate impact on our most pressing needs and will help QU on the road to financial stability,” said Julie Bell, QU’s vice president for advancement. “We are excited about the momentum of the recovery campaign in such a short time period, but there is still much work to be done and we need the support of the entire community to achieve this goal.”

The Community Foundation builds permanent charitable funds to assist area nonprofits and communities. It serves 12-counties: Adams, Brown, Hancock and Pike in Illinois and Clark, Lewis, Marion, Ralls, Pike, Knox, Shelby and Monroe in Missouri. Since 1997, the Community Foundation has made more than $5 million in grants.

For more information, call 217-222-1237, email ceo@mycommunityfoundation.org or go to mycommunityfoundation.org or www.facebook.com/mycommunityfoundation.