QU announces record fund drive of $1.4 million

Chuck and Bill Davis

Chuck Davis, left, and Bill Davis | Photo courtesy of Quincy University

QUINCY — Quincy University announced Monday it surpassed its annual QU Fund drive goal of $1.4 million for the 2023-24 year. This marks the highest QU Fund amount raised in university history.

Last year’s fund drive raised $1,436,505, exceeding its goal by 2.6 percent. A press release from the university said this marks the 14th consecutive year that the annual fund has topped $1 million. The QU Fund is comprised of unrestricted giving and gifts for academic departments, student clubs and organizations, and the athletic department.

Including gifts to endowment and restricted gifts, the university raised $8,251,937, the third highest in school history. Fundraising campaign totals during the past three years brought in more than $24 million.

“Once again, the alumni, parents, friends, staff and faculty of Quincy University are signaling their strong financial commitment to the current and future students of this great institution,” QU president Brian McGee said in the release. “As we finish a year in which we had a 50-year high for freshman enrollment, we also have set yet another new record for the QU Fund.

“With new programs, innovative ideas and a deep commitment to individual student success in a supportive Catholic and Franciscan environment, Quincy University is on the move, thanks to our generous supporters.”

The total number of donors investing in QU this year topped 3,400, the largest number of donors in the last 14 years.

“We are thrilled by the support we have received from QU alumni, friends and family,” QU Vice President of Advancement Robert Wyatt said. “We celebrate the generosity of so many and the lives of students, faculty and staff who will be positively affected by this funding. This level of support allows us to continue to train tomorrow’s leaders as we have done for more than 160 years.”

This year’s QU Fund chairs were brothers Chuck Davis, Class of 2002, and Bill Davis, Class of 2004, from Springfield, Ill.

“Thank you to everyone who contributed to the QU Annual Fund this year,” Bill Davis said. “Both Chuck and I are very happy to have another record-breaking year. It was a joy to help out our alma mater and our hometown.”

“On behalf of not only ourselves but the students, staff, administrators and alumni of Quincy University, thank you for your contributions to the QU Annual Fund,” Chuck Davis said.

The QU Fund raises money annually to support student scholarships, campus enhancements, technology upgrades and faculty development initiatives. The annual fund gifts are unrestricted, meaning they can be spent as they come in, making an immediate impact.

For more information about Quincy University, visit www.quincy.edu or contact the Office of Community Relations at (217) 228-5275 or communityrelations@quincy.edu.

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