Red Tailed Hawk on Kearney Spire

Purpose. Impact. Transformation.

Join us as we embark on the most ambitious comprehensive campaign in our history. Together, we will move Fisher Forward.

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Keough Hall and the Kearney Hall steeple at dusk.

Our Progress

June 12, 2019

Our Progress
June 12, 2019

To all who have contributed...thank you. Fisher’s success today, and the successes in our storied past, would not be possible without your generosity.

GOAL
$75 million
CURRENT TOTAL
$53.9 million
DONORS
6096

Our Four Priorities

 Integrated Science and Health Sciences (ISHS) Building

Building off the foundation established by our founders, Fisher Forward will continue the tremendous growth the College has seen over the last two decades by engaging in capital expansion and modernization to facilitate impact now and prepare for a future of sustained growth.

A student presents his research during a poster presentation.

Experiential learning, education that occurs both inside and outside of the classroom, bridges the gap between theory and practice while offering students a safe place to explore the possibilities of their future.

Group of students posing at Cardinal Awards

Your generous gift to the Annual Fund will make an immediate impact on our students, expanding our flexibility to facilitate individualized and meaningful academic experiences for each and every one.

A Fisher student smiles in cap and gown entering the Blue Cross Arena during Commencement.

When you give to Fisher’s endowment, your gift will grow into something greater, something more impactful than the gift itself. Your gift will be invested and used to support Fisher students for generations to come.

Father Graf and a student in front of Kearney Hall
Student athlete running on the track
STORIES OF IMPACT
Carry It Forward

As a faculty member, Fr. William Graf endowed a scholarship to benefit students in his department. In his nearly 40 years at the College, he has seen his students live out the Fisher values well beyond their time on campus.

STORIES OF IMPACT
Building Greatness

Mike Henchen, head coach of Fisher’s cross country and track and field programs, says he often wonders how schools that don’t have an outdoor or indoor track attract recruits. From the Polisseni Track and Field Complex, which he calls “simply amazing,” to the throws area, he says Fisher facilities are getting better every day. “It has helped us recruit student-athletes who are focused academically and athletically. They see themselves participating in a great program at a great college, they embrace the Fisher family, and are just a great group of young adults,” he says.

Charlie Constantino with donors and student
WHY I GIVE

The Fisher experience is so good; it will exceed your expectations in terms of the impact of your gift. We couldn’t be prouder of the character of the students that we graduate and the involvement they bring to their respective communities.”

Kelsey Michener
WHY I GIVE

“Fisher made a commitment to teach me goodness, discipline, and knowledge over my four years. The Spire Society allows me to return that commitment, so I can support its students, faculty, and staff.”

— Kelsey Michener ’18
WHY I GIVE

“Fisher was a seminal experience in our life and helped to create the lives we have today. As alumni, we have a responsibility to step up.”

— Chris Curtin ’95

News and Events

Logo: Fisher Forward the Campaign for St. John Fisher College

On September 19, 2019, St. John Fisher College launched a $75 million fundraising campaign to move “Fisher Forward.” Now, one year later, the largest fundraising campaign in the College’s history is climbing steadily toward its ambitious goal.

Jack ’73 and Donna DePeters, with President Gerard J. Rooney, at the 2019 Teddi Dance for Love. The DePeters announced a $10,000 gift to the Teddi Dance during the fundraiser's opening ceremony.

St. John Fisher College today announced the creation of the DePeters Family Center for Innovation and Teaching Excellence thanks to a $1 million gift from Jack ’73 and Donna DePeters. Jack retired from Wegmans Food Markets after 52 accomplished years of service to the food company, and in honor of his retirement, Wegmans matched the $1 million gift in December 2019.

Chris Biehn

St. John Fisher College has appointed Chris Biehn as the vice president for institutional advancement. Biehn, who has been serving in the role in an interim capacity since March, will begin at the College on August 10.

The 2019-2020 St. John Fisher College annual fund campaign came to a close on May 31, 2020, surpassing its goal by more than $60,000.

Dr. Susan Hildenbrand addresses teachers during a conference on trauma-sensitive classrooms held in 2019.

Drs. Susan Hildenbrand and Donna Riter, professors and colleagues at St. John Fisher College’s Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education, are experts at training teachers and administrators about how to help students affected by trauma.

Shefki Beha and Shannon Munier

The Department of Media and Communication at St. John Fisher College has selected sophomores Shefki Beha and Shannon Munier as the 2020 recipients of the Jack Palvino Excellence in Communication Award.

Vic Salerno and President Rooney

St. John Fisher College alumnus and Board of Trustees member Victor E. Salerno ’66 has created a legacy of giving at the institution. In recognition of his decades of service to the College, he received the Robert L. Payton Award for Voluntary Service, presented by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) at an awards ceremony, held on Monday, Feb. 24, during the CASE District II Conference.

09.27
9-11:45 a.m.
Where: St. John Fisher College
09.27
10 a.m.
Where: Livestream on Facebook
09.25
7-8:30 p.m.
Where: Online

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