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Campaign Priorities

Fisher Forward will build upon the College’s tremendous growth and broaden our impact.

70 Years of Growth

The story of the last 70 years of St. John Fisher College is one of growth and impact. Through the goodness of so many individuals, Fisher has grown to what it is today. The College remains a center for knowledge, an example and growing resource to the world around us. In 2023, Fisher will celebrate 75 years since our founding in 1948. With a goal of $75 million, Fisher Forward will provide the resources needed to achieve ambitious goals - all of which are centered on enriching the student experience.

Our Four Priorities

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Campaign Priority

Enhance Fisher’s Campus

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.

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Campaign Priority

Shape the Student Experience

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.

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Campaign Priority

Create Immediate Impact

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.

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Campaign Priority

Secure Fisher's Future

Investing in Fisher's endowment will secure the future of the work we do each and every day preparing students for lives of purpose and accomplishment.

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News and Events

John Davidson

A $1 million gift from the C. Anthony and Michele Davidson Foundation will endow a scholarship at St. John Fisher College providing financial assistance to a new generation of Fisher undergraduates.

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.

Cardinal mascot holding a sign that says Fisher Forward: The Campaign for St. John Fisher College.

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.

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

Donor Testimonials

Matt Rowe ’90
Why I Give

My father was incredibly proud of St. John Fisher College and he was so happy that I had the opportunity to play for Fisher. I’m so fortunate to be able to give back to the school, and do something in our parents’ names."

— Matt Rowe ’90
Jim Gould
Why I Give

We know a good investment when we see one. And Fisher students exhibit tremendous potential for long-term growth."

— Jim Gould

Let’s Move Fisher Forward

By investing in Fisher Forward, you are investing in the future success of our graduates, our institution, and our community as a whole.

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