I Heart Fisher Giving Day Breaks a Record

March 25, 2022

It was a record-setting day for philanthropy at St. John Fisher College with I Heart Fisher Giving Day on Thursday, Mar. 24.

Students celebrate I Heart Fisher Giving Day in Tepas Commons

More than $343,635 was raised in 24 hours on I Heart Fisher Giving Day with a record-setting 934 gifts, far outpacing last year's 540. The funds will support students, academic programs, athletics, and other important initiatives. 

Highlights of the College's third giving day included the You + Fisher = Perfect Pair challenge where the first 100 donors to make a gift of $60 or more received a pair of Cardinal socks. 

More than a dozen generous benefactors offered challenges and matches to inspire alumni, faculty, staff, friends, and family to give. Marty Keating ’75, Billy ’05 and Dr. Alyssa O’Grady, Heather ’85 and Jon ’84 Williams, and Bob and Tarri Heerkens offered matches for the second giving day in a row. Dan ’79 and Shelley Boyce, Bill ’80 and Tracy Pellicano, Chip Travis ’90, Matt Rowe ’90, Dr. Jim ’11 (Ed.D.) and Jo Ann Hurny, Dr. Christine Birnie, and the Alumni Board of Directors offered challenges and matches new to this year. All together, these matches and challenges totaled nearly $100,000.

Other highlights include:

  • Women's soccer topped the Athletics Leaderboard with football coming in a very close second.
  • Graduates from 2010-2019 made the most gifts with the 1970s in the second slot.
  • Haffey Hall topped the Residence Hall Leaderboard by just 11 gifts.
  • More than a dozen generous donors offered challenges and matches totaling $99,000.

Finally, 46 I Heart Fisher Giving Day ambassadors encouraged participation through social media and personal outreach to share the importance of Fisher philanthropy and their pride for the institution.