Fisher and the Community
The story of Fisher's first 70 years is one of impact. Impact on our students, alumni, and the Rochester region we call home.
A Growing Impact
As one of the area’s anchor institutions, Fisher serves as a significant enterprise and active participant in efforts to strengthen the region’s economy and address community needs.
Impacting Rochester’s Economic Landscape
A major institution in its own right, a 2017 study showed the substantial impact the College has on the community, local businesses, and the New York state higher education footprint.
Fisher employs nearly 1,000 people, with salaries and wages totaling nearly $43.7 million. During the 10-year period between 2005 and 2015, employment at the College grew by 41 percent. And, despite its tax-exempt status, the College directly accounted for nearly $2.1 million in state and local government revenues.
During the 2016 fiscal year, indirect, direct, and multiplier effects of St. John Fisher College's spending—on payroll, purchasing, construction, and off-campus spending by students and visitors to the campus—accounted for $120.7 million in regional economic output.
Fisher is also a regular sponsor of construction through the renovation and building of campus facilities. In fact, the College has built one new building each year for the last nine years.
Increasing Rochester’s Human Capital
Seven out of every 100 Monroe County residents who hold a bachelor's or higher degree earned it from Fisher. Proof positive of Fisher’s impact of the knowledge, skill set, and experience of the region's workforce. As of summer 2016, nearly 80 percent of Fisher's alumni resided in New York State, 61 percent right in the greater Rochester area.
The College offers coursework in New York's leading and fastest-growing industries, including computer science, nursing, media management, finance and accounting, and more. In turn, Fisher alumni have emerged as leaders in virtually every sector, in every state, and around the world.
Two new projects are leveraging the College's resources, expertise, and established partnerships to meet the unique needs of the community. The Golisano Institute for Developmental Disability Nursing at the Wegmans School of Nursing will transform the quality of care and support for individuals with developmental disabilities regionally, nationally, and internationally by training nursing professionals in field-specific skills and knowledge. The Family Business Initiative capitalizes on the strength and reputation of Fisher's School of Business to serve as a resource for family businesses in Western New York and beyond.
Enriching the Community
Since its founding, St. John Fisher College has been committed to serving and strengthening Rochester-area communities and that commitment is embedded in everything we do.
Through scholarships based on service and student organizations dedicated to the community, Fisher students spend nearly 400,000 hours each academic year volunteering in schools, nonprofits, agencies, and organizations. Just one example: The College's most beloved tradition, the Teddi Dance for Love, a 24-hour dance marathon that attracts close to 500 dancers each year, has raised more than $1 million for Camp Good Days and Special Times.
In the classroom, dozens of Fisher courses are taught with a service-learning component, combining in-seat learning with hands-on experience in the community. Service-learning courses follow a reciprocal model, meaning the curriculum results in benefits for the students and community partners.
Fisher's Center for Community Engagement provides programs and services aimed at strengthening non-profit institutions and organizations in Rochester, with a particular focus on board leadership and management in small to medium-sized organizations.
News and Events
It was a record-setting day for philanthropy at St. John Fisher College with the second annual Fisher Giving Day on Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Bob Heerkens earned the nickname Bob the Builder, but he is also Bob the Giver
If you’ve been to a Fisher sporting event, chances are you’ve seen Bob Moline ’68. One of the most loyal and ardent supporters of Fisher athletics, Bob can be found cheering on the Cardinals from the stands, chatting with fellow fans, or catching up with coaches, players, and parents post-game.
There isn’t an industry, sector, or profession that hasn’t felt the jolting changes caused by the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus. But, it could be argued that education, in particular, has felt that disruption more than other entities, as teachers, administrators, students, and families experience new models of education together.
St. John Fisher College alumnus and trustee Michael O’Conor ’78 has made a generous $100,000 gift to the College to establish the Pam and Michael A. O’Conor ’78 New York City Internship Endowment. The fund will support career-immersion experiences in the greater New York City area for Fisher students, including stipends toward living accommodations, subway passes, and other expenses.
St. John Fisher College students interested in gaining experience-based learning at a not-for-profit organization will now have greater opportunities to do so, thanks to the newly established Jill ’94 and James Knittel Award for Not-for-Profit Internships.
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.