A top-ranked New York university with a history of preparing students for career achievement, St. Bonaventure University is known for its loyal and forward-thinking alumni base – one that is committed to ensuring success for the university and future Bonnies to come.
This forward-looking approach was also evident at St. Bonaventure, which was undergoing master planning, campaign planning, and a rebrand. Graham-Pelton was enlisted to build on their momentum with comprehensive campaign support, including a Campaign Readiness Assessment and Planning Study.
We began by evaluating St. Bonaventure’s preparedness for a seven-year campaign, which would nearly double the university’s run rate. We developed a case for support, articulating the university’s new and bolder vision for revitalizing the campus with state-of-the-art buildings, increasing enrollment, building a robust endowment, and expanding premier academic programs. Its new School of Health Professions was among the latter, a gateway to graduate studies in healthcare that was projected to not only raise the university’s profile, but also fill a critical need within New York’s Southern Tier. The School of Health Professions ultimately inspired the largest single gift in the university’s history, culminating in a record-breaking year overall, with nearly $20m in support contributed by more than 5,800 alumni and friends.