Office of Institutional Advancement

The Office of Institutional Advancement is responsible for securing private support (“friends” and “funds”) for the University of Saint Francis. USF relies on private support – gifts and grants from alumni, parents and friends, as well as corporations and foundations – to advance the university’s mission of serving students “by facilitating learning, personal growth and professional development in an environment permeated by Franciscan values.”

Institutional Advancement

There are many reasons why private support to USF is vital to the daily lives of our students and to our region.

  • Tuition and fees do not cover the full cost of educating a student at USF. Every student today, as in the past, receives a “hidden scholarship,” which comes from gifts to the annual fund and endowment income.
  • For 98 percent of the university’s students, financial aid is essential to the pursuit of their educational goals.
  • The university awarded more than $12 million of institutional scholarships in academic year 2010–2011.
  • One student educated in the Saint Francis tradition, can positively affect the lives of thousands.
  • Nearly 70 percent of our alumni live in Indiana.
  • More than 30 percent of our alumni live within a 10-mile radius of downtown Fort Wayne.

Our Mission

Institutional advancement serves the USF mission and values through building engaging relationships with our students, alumni, friends, and our campus and community partners in order to promote philanthropic support for the dynamic needs and priorities of the university.