The 2021-2022 fundraising total for QU is $10,433,960, more than double the amount awarded the previous year and 21% more than the previous record set in 2019-2020. The university announced the results at a celebration held on June 30, 2022.
“While Quincy University gratefully recognized the largest donation in its history last fall, today we honor all of our donors,” said Brian McGee, Ph.D., president of QU. “QU’s new academic programs, enrollment growth, and renovated facilities are all made possible by the incredible commitment of this community. Our bright future is secured by the collective and continued investment of all who believe in the power and impact of a QU education.
Total donations to the endowment are the largest in QU’s history at $4,274,806, more than one million more than the previous annual giving record set in 2019-20.
“We are thrilled with the support we have received from QU alumni, friends and family around the world. During this challenging time for higher education, we celebrate the generosity of so many and the lives of the students, faculty, and staff who will be positively impacted by this unprecedented funding,” said Robert Wyatt, Ph.D. ., vice president of advancement of QU. “We are honored to have served this region to develop the leaders of tomorrow for more than 160 years. Such support enables us to do so for years and decades to come.
Support from Quincy University faculty and staff for the fundraising campaign also set a record with 98% attendance, the highest in QU’s history. Faculty and staff participation in recent years has been in the order of 80%.
The annual QU Fund exceeded its goal by 3% with a total of $1,231,608. The QU fund consists of unrestricted donations and gifts for university departments, student clubs and organizations, and the athletic department. The chair of the QU Fund this year was Linda Moore ’81, Ph.D.
As Chair of the QU Fund, Moore continues her long tradition of support for QU. A native of Quincy, Moore began her career in higher education as an admissions counselor and athletic recruiter after earning her bachelor’s degree at QU. She continued her career in college athletics, professional sports, and Olympic projects, including the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. In October 1996, Moore joined ESPN Productions Inc. as part of the X Games franchise and led the financial, legal, and business aspects of each organization until her retirement in January 2016. Moore currently serves as Treasurer for the City of Quincy and is a former member of the University of Quincy Board of Trustees.
Although his work has led to many successes in the business world, his philanthropic efforts top the list of his greatest accomplishments. From raising a million dollars for the V Foundation for Cancer Research at the ESPY Celebrity Golf Classic to chairing the fundraising committee for the construction of Legends Stadium at Quincy University (QU), Moore believes in the importance of giving back.
“I am delighted that so many alumni and friends continue to support our great university. I thank everyone for everything they’ve done to help,” Moore said.
Each year, the QU Fund raises funds to support scholarships, campus improvements, technology upgrades, and faculty development initiatives. The fund’s annual donations are unlimited, meaning they can be spent as you go, having an immediate impact. Support from the QU Fund ensures that the mission and vision of Quincy University continues, providing students with an exceptional Catholic and Franciscan education.
Additionally, the QU fund helps fuel QU’s Success by Design initiative, in which each student completes an individualized success plan for graduating on time and pursuing a life of meaning and purpose.
Founded in 1860 by Franciscan friars, Quincy University is a small Catholic university with an emphasis on the sciences, liberal arts, and professions. Quincy University offers undergraduate, graduate, and adult education programs that incorporate practical experience and Franciscan values. Faculty and advisors work with students to design personalized success plans to help them graduate on time, find their passion, and prepare them for life. QU is a member of NCAA Division II for intercollegiate athletics. For more information, please visit www.quincy.edu or contact the Office of Community Relations at (217) 228-5275 or [email protected] Quincy University. Success by design.