Andrew Mantilia understands the importance of alumni support to St. Bonaventure University. A 2008 and 2009 dual degree recipient, Mantilia stays involved with his alma mater in a variety of ways and remains active in the volunteer organizations he enjoyed while a student here.
He also gives back by supporting The Bonaventure Fund, where he is a member of the Grotto Society.
The Grotto Society is a way for young alumni to give at leadership levels appropriate to their stage in life. Young alumni can join at special, reduced giving levels according to graduation year and still receive all the benefits enjoyed by Devereux Society members.
Q: What made you decide to give back to St. Bonaventure financially after graduating just two years ago?
A: When I was a student at Bonaventure I directly benefited from the financial generosity of alumni, most of whom I have never met. I was able to have incredible experiences both inside and out of the classroom solely because of the financial contributions of others. Now that I have graduated and have steady income I want to ensure that current and future students benefit from the same opportunities that made me the person I am today.
Q: A lot of your family has been incorporated with the St. Bonaventure family. How many of you have attended this university?
A: My dad (Robert Mantilia,'73); mom (Susan Mantilia,'74); aunt (Janet Jones, '75); uncle (Peter Mantilia, '80), and my cousin, Alyssa Mantilia, is currently a junior.
Q: What does it mean to give financially, even if the amount is not significant?
A: It's really not about giving a significant amount, it's more of the commitment you are showing to support current and future students. Obviously, the more the better, but we all have different financial situations and any commitment is worthwhile. Don't think of your gift in the perspective of the large pot, but rather that you are contributing to something that you once benefited from.
Q: What activities and organizations did you work with during your time at St. Bonaventure?
A: While at Bonaventure I was heavily involved in SIFE and Embrace it Africa as well as participated in Bona Responds, The Buzz, Telerecruiting, and SIMM.
Q: Along with financial gifts, do you still participate in University functions and organizations?
A: Today I help out the Office of Admissions with local SHARE days or college fairs near where I live. I also stay in close contact with Dr. Palmer and try and help him and students any way I can. Recently, I have been working with some alumni and Advancement activities in raising the involvement of younger alumni.