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About The Geneseo Foundation

The Geneseo Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation organized for the purpose of encouraging philanthropic contributions from individuals, corporations, foundations, and other organizations in support of activities and programs of SUNY Geneseo. Responsibility for governance of the Foundation is vested in a Board of Directors, comprised of alumni, past parent, and College representatives. The Executive Director of the Foundation reports regularly to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the management of all funds in its accounts and is committed to ensuring their proper stewardship.

The Geneseo Foundation was established on January 13, 1971, to encourage philanthropic contributions from individuals, corporations, foundations and other organizations in support of activities and programs of the College.

The Foundation is the principal mechanism for the receipt and administration of charitable contributions and grants for the benefit of SUNY Geneseo. It is a not-for-profit corporation organized under the laws of the state of New York and is classified by the IRS as a public charity under sections 509 (a) 1 and 170 (b) 1 (A) (iv) of the Internal Revenue Code and meets the requirements of section 501(c) 3. Gifts to the Foundation are tax-deductible.

Mission Statement

The Geneseo Foundation provides financial support, leadership and advocacy to the College community while fostering engagement to enhance the unique Geneseo experience.

Purpose Statement

The Geneseo Foundation is a group of dynamic volunteers dedicated to providing financial support, leadership and advocacy with the distinct goal of advancing the mission of the College. By preserving and enhancing the unique SUNY Geneseo experience, students will be poised to achieve their true potential.

The Geneseo Foundation provides financial support, leadership and advocacy while fostering engagement to preserve and enhance the SUNY Geneseo experience which provides a dynamic and inclusive scholarly environment that inspires students to be prepared for an enriched life and success in the world.

Foundation Board Roles & Responsibilities

We garner private support for programs that strengthen Geneseo and build an endowment for the future.

We provide exemplary leadership and are responsible for the financial health and fiscal management of the Foundation.

We ensure a strong base of private-sector support by leading and advising on: fundraising, gift and grant management, volunteer support, alumni engagement, visibility, and serving as counsel to the President and senior leadership of Geneseo.

We provide merit and need-based scholarships, undergraduate research grants, and student and faculty summer fellowships; professional travel, research and incentive grants, lectures and special events, library support, academic enrichment funds, athletics and other special initiatives.


Impact of Private Support

2017/2018 Report from Advancement

Champions of SUNY Geneseo students, faculty, staff and alumni, the College Advancement Division has achieved one of the most successful years to date. Teams in alumni relations, development and advancement services work together to facilitate beneficial lifelong relationships between the College and its constituents. The collaborative outcomes are measured by the transformative opportunities awarded to students and academic programs throughout the year. Thanks to the generosity of many, the College creates a lasting legacy rooted in the power of a Geneseo education.

Each year unrestricted funds (including contributions designated for "greatest need") support special initiatives including those related to academic affairs, student, and campus life and scholarships. One highlight from FY18 is Geneseo Foundation Inc.'s support of student experiential learning. This year, it provided $152,351 for 270 undergraduate research grants, fellowships, assistantships, and travel awards.

Giving chart for 2016-2017

New Named Funds

  • Alexandra Ciarcia '18 Memorial Endowed Scholarship
  • Kevin '75 and Nancy '76 Gavagan Endowments
    • Career Development Endowment Fund
    • School of Business Endowed Scholarship
    • Men's Basketball Endowment Fund
    • Women's Basketball Endowment Fund
    • Men's Ice Hockey Endowment Fund
  • Ronald Herzman Study Abroad Endowment Fund
  • Jack '76 and Carol '76 Kramer Faculty Excellence and Innovation Endowment Fund
  • Daniel and Catherine Larkin Scholarship
  • The School of Business New Horizon Endowment provided by Daniel G. '86 and Nancy A. '86 Loughran
  • Tom Matthews Leadership and Service Endowment Fund
  • William Edward and Mary Cockram Morse Scholarship
  • The Neureiter Family Scholarship for Global Awareness and Intercultural Understanding
  • Greg '64 and Elizabeth O'Connell Family Endowments:
    • AOP Mentorship Program Fund
    • Endowed Scholarship Fund
    • TOP Endowment Fund
  • President's Access to Excellence Scholarship Endowment
  • James A. and Barbara J. Walter Music Endowment Scholarship