St. Bonaventure University


What if a university could prepare individuals not just for jobs, but for the unpredictability in life

What if it could equip them with the tools necessary to navigate a lifetime of change?

We have set a goal to raise $125 million ... to radically raise the profile of St. Bonaventure, to modernize our campus, and to ensure an endowment befitting not only St. Bonaventure’s remarkable history but also its ardent vision: to be a premier, nationally recognized Catholic university providing a transformative educational experience that inspires meaningful and fulfilling lives.

We are building A Bolder Bonaventure, for generations to come.

It’s a future we can’t begin to imagine without you.


Help make our future shine

“The value of a St. Bonaventure education could never be more important than it is today. Our Franciscan commitment to public service and academic excellence matters. The legacy of what we are building here and what every St. Bonaventure graduate takes with them is so important. This campaign offers each of us the incredible opportunity to be a founder of our future.”

President Jeff Gingerich and Betsy Gingerich

Learn more about Dr. Jeff Gingerich
22nd President of St. Bonaventure University

President Jeff Gingerich and Betsy Gingerich
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One Year BOLDER ... and counting

Please join in as we celebrate the first year of Dr. Jeff Gingerich’s presidency and move closer to our goal of raising $125 million in the Bolder Bonaventure fundraising campaign.  

Signature events will be hosted at various locations. Choose one closest to you and enjoy mingling with fellow alumni and friends!

Dr. Gingerich will share an exclusive update, photos from every corner of campus, and his vision for building A Bolder Bonaventure. It’s a future we can only imagine with YOU!

Be sure to bookmark the Alumni events page, where dates, locations and details will be added about each event! 
President Gingerich at Highmark Stadium

One year BOLDER presidential events

Aug. 17, 2023
Olean, New York
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Sept. 14, 2023
Washington, D.C.
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Oct. 18, 2023
Rochester, New York
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Nov. 16, 2023
New York, New York

Nov. 30, 2023
Boston, Massachusetts
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Jan. 8, 2024
Naples, Florida

Jan. 16, 2024
Jupiter, Florida

It's the Bonaventure way

"As Bonnies, we pay it forward, whether it is with money, time or encouraging students to attend the university. Education is how people get ahead. That's why my family and I are investing in the campaign for A Bolder Bonaventure. The world needs a Franciscan-based St. Bonaventure education now more than ever."

Leslie C. Quick III, '75
Honorary Campaign Chair
Founding Partner, Simon Quick Advisors
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Presidential Tour focused on building A Bolder Bonaventure

Fall of 2022 marked the inauguration of Dr. Jeff Gingerich, 22nd president of St. Bonaventure, as well as the public launch of the campaign for A Bolder Bonaventure. Alumni and friends around the country came together to celebrate the formal beginning of President Gingerich’s tenure and the launch of the largest fundraising campaign in the university’s history.

The Presidential Tour served as an opportunity for alumni, parents and friends across the country to meet President Jeff Gingerich and his wife, Betsy.

Be sure to bookmark the Alumni events page, where dates, locations and details will be added about upcoming events! 


Building A Bolder Bonaventure Presidential Tour stops

Sept. 13, 2022
Buffalo, New York
Tour stop photo gallery
Sept. 22, 2022
Rochester, New York
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Oct. 6, 2022
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Oct. 12, 2022
Essex Fells, New Jersey
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Oct. 13, 2022
New York City
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Oct. 19, 2022
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Oct. 27, 2022
Boston, Massachusetts
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Nov. 2, 2022
Chicago, Illinois
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Dec. 1, 2022
Atlanta, Georgia
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Jan. 19, 2023
Lakewood Ranch, Florida
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Jan. 20, 2023
Naples, Florida
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Feb. 9, 2023
Jupiter, Florida
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Feb. 21, 2023
Charlotte, North Carolina
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March 2, 2023
San Francisco, California
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March 4, 2023
San Clemente, California
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March 29, 2023
Scottsdale, Arizona
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May 2, 2023
Syracuse, New York
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May 18, 2023
Washington, D.C.
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Frequently Asked Questions

During the process of raising money for the comprehensive Bolder Bonaventure campaign, some commonly asked questions have been asked by our alumni and friends. These questions, and the responses, have been compiled here with the hope that they will answer most of your questions about fundraising and the campaign.

What is the campaign for A Bolder Bonaventure?

Comprehensive in scope and the largest fundraising campaign in the university’s 164-year history, the Bolder Bonaventure campaign is an aggressive response to helping students prepare for the challenges and opportunities they will face in an increasingly complex world.

The silent phase of the campaign was established in 2018. By September 2022, the university was able to announce the campaign to the public, having raised nearly $80 million of its $125 million goal.

How did the campaign get its name?

A representative group of university stakeholders met in March 2018 for a “visioning session” to discuss a compelling name and case for support for the campaign. The name was born as the group considered how the campaign will further the mission and vision of the university — A Bolder Bonaventure: Ignite. Inspire. Invest. 

What are the campaign’s priorities?

There are six pillars or priorities within the Bolder Bonaventure campaign. They are:

  1. Broadening the health care learning environment within the popular Dennis R. DePerro School of Health Professions.
  2. Transforming St. Bonaventure’s athletics facilities and ensuring a strongly competitive Division I experience for every student-athlete.
  3. Modernizing facilities and enhancing technology within the Jandoli School of Communication.
  4. Ensuring an intellectual journey that explores a larger context for our students’ personal, professional and civic lives through academic mission and student experience.
  5. Delivering a transformational Franciscan experience for every member of the community through Franciscan mission and ministries.
  6. Boosting The Bonaventure Fund, which provides financial aid and makes possible St. Bonaventure’s unique brand of Franciscan higher education.

What about needs that are not within the campaign priorities? How will these and other needs be addressed?

Although we all recognize that the university has many needs beyond those listed within the campaign pillars, given a finite pool of prospective donors, we cannot raise money for all needs at this time. Other needs will be addressed through future and ongoing fundraising efforts. Our fundraising will not end once we reach the $125 million goal for A Bolder Bonaventure. 

If I give a gift to a certain pillar, how can I be sure that it will go to that pillar?

All designated gifts are deposited into fund accounts for that specific designation. External auditors pay special attention to this aspect of fundraising. As part of the university’s annual audit, they check that donations have been allocated as per the donor’s intent and also randomly send out letters to contributors to confirm both the gift size and intended usage.

What can I do to help?

Make a contribution to the campaign through a gift to The Bonaventure Fund!

Share news of the campaign with alumni and friends.

Become a member of our Leadership Giving Societies: With a yearly gift of at least $1,000, you will become a member of the prestigious Devereux Giving Society, and if you name St. Bonaventure University in your will or other estate plans, you will become a member of the Seraphim Legacy Society.

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