The history of St. Bonaventure is steeped in stories of enormous sacrifice in order to build what is today a university of distinction. Perhaps the most memorable story is that of founder Nicholas Devereux arriving as a young boy in America with little more than the clothes on his back and three gold coins in his pocket. In gratitude for his safe arrival from Ireland, he gave one of those coins to the Catholic Church.
By 1858, it was the wealth of Nicholas and Mary Devereux that laid the foundation for the university. In the more than 150 years since St. Bonaventure opened its doors, countless alumni, parents, and friends have followed the Devereuxes’ lead. They have invested in the students and in the future growth of this exceptional institution.
Today you can play a significant role in the continued success of the university by becoming a member of The 1858 Founders Society. Through your annual gift of $1,858 to The Bonaventure Fund, you will positively impact every student on campus. Like Nicholas and Mary Devereux, you will be a founder of our future.
An invitation from Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., president of St. Bonaventure University
Each day at St. Bonaventure, we honor the legacy of our founders.
Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., university president, and scholarship recipients at the 2012 Barbara Carr McKee Scholarship Luncheon.
In the 19th century, Nicholas and Mary Devereux made the first financial gifts of land and money to create St. Bonaventure College. Today, I invite you to become a member of The 1858 Founders Society. This leadership designation provides direct support to the foundation of the university’s fundraising program: The Bonaventure Fund.
As a member of The 1858 Founders Society, you will be among a select group of alumni, parents, and friends who fully embrace our mission and vision for the future.
Through your annual gift of $1,858, you will help establish pathways to internships, graduate school, and careers for our students; help equip classrooms with the latest technology; fund scholarships; recruit and retain distinguished faculty; and generate new programs. In short, you will provide resources that help change the lives of St. Bonaventure students — just as our founders once did.
Join me in investing in the university’s future, and in honoring the incredible inheritance received from our founders, by making your gift to The 1858 Founders Society today.
Pax et Bonum … Peace and good,
Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., S.T.D.
Be a founder of our future by joining St. Bonaventure's 1858 Founders Society
Your participation in The 1858 Founders Society aligns with the philanthropic philosophies forged by Nicholas and Mary Devereux.
Your annual leadership gift of $1858 to The Bonaventure Fund ensures that deserving students are allowed the opportunity to achieve the education of their dreams — a Bonaventure education.
Through your generosity, you and your fellow leaders will make a lasting impact in the lives of all those who live and learn at St. Bonaventure.
Your membership truly is an investment in the future of many.
Becoming a member of The 1858 Founders Society is easy
Here's how you can join the 1858 Founders Society:
- Online:Visit www.sbu.edu/donate
- Phone:Call us at (800) 664-1273
- Mail: Drop a check in the mail to: Bonaventure UniversityP.O. Box 2519 St. Bonaventure, NY 14778
- In Person: Stop by Francis Hall to talk with us
- Recurring Gift: Use your credit card or bank account to make automatic monthly, weekly, or quarterly donations
- Matching Gift: Your employer may match your gift -- ask your HR office
For more information about The 1858 Founders Society or about becoming a member, please contact:
Julie Briggs Cunningham
Director of Annual Giving Programs
St. Bonaventure University
P.O. Box 2519
St. Bonaventure, NY 14778
Phone: (716) 375-2301