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

Secure Fisher's Future

Your generous gift to Fisher’s endowment will secure Fisher’s future for generations to come.

Secure Through Endowment

An endowment is comprised of funds that a College invests to support current students and to secure its future. When you give to the endowment, your gift will grow into something greater, something more impactful than the gift itself. It will be invested, and used to support Fisher and our students now and in the future.

Securing Our Future

Fisher spends an average of five percent of its endowment annually, supporting primarily student scholarships, opening access to the unique Fisher experience to hundreds of students. Our short-term goal is to grow the endowment to $150 million, expanding our ability to offer scholarship support, strategically attract and retain high quality faculty, and build the prestige of programs and positions at the College.

By endowing a scholarship, you will provide students with access to the Fisher experience each year, for years to come. A gift will build a legacy in the name of your choosing, endowing a scholarship that will provide scholarships to countless students in the future.

Learn More: Student Scholarships

Your gift to the Fisher endowment will support professorships, program directors, and faculty fellow positions that will strategically attract and retain top faculty and scholars. Endowed positions offer a prestigious and established avenue to enable and inspire thought leaders to drive their field forward, engaging in cutting-edge research that enables the development of unique curriculum and coursework. Endowed faculty positions are an enduring way to ensure the highest quality faculty at St. John Fisher College in perpetuity.

Learn More: Key Faculty Positions

Donor Testimonials

Dan Saperstone
Why I Give

We are very proud of the way the College has grown; it has come a long way since three buildings and a lot of land. It has grown into a fine institution.”

— Dan Saperstone ’68
Alexander Ryan
Why I Give

I joined the Spire Society because I was excited to be a part of a new, comprehensive campaign. It is more than just writing a check, it is an opportunity to take part in the life of the College.”

— Alexander Ryan ’96

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

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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