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The Geneseo Foundation Celebrates 50 Years

Geneseo 50th logoThe Geneseo Foundation celebrates its 50th anniversary of financial support, leadership, and advocacy for the College — with an endowment of more than $42 million. It was established on January 13, 1971, by past President Robert W. MacVittie to encourage philanthropic contributions from individuals, corporations, foundations and other organizations in support of activities and programs of the College.

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 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 and build an endowment for the future.

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.