A Foundation for Life
The 2016 Quincy Notre Dame Fund Drive Co-Chairs Patrick Hibbeler ’70 and Richard Marcolla announced that the drive raised $453,032 in gifts and pledges exceeding its goal by $25,032. The announcement was made at the QND Fund Drive Volunteer and Donor Appreciation Gathering held this evening at QND.
Lucas Cline, a senior at QND, shared his appreciation with volunteers and donors on behalf of the student body during the event.
Nearly 200 volunteers, including Hibbeler and Marcolla, led the 39th QND Fund Drive, which began January 15 at a kick-off breakfast at QND.
“The QND Fund Drive was another success due to the dedication of the volunteers. Pat and I are grateful to be surrounded by such a hardworking group. Thank you to them and all who have contributed to the drive,” states Marcolla. “The Fund Drive is vital for QND. Quincy Notre Dame has been extremely important in my two daughters’ lives and the teachers have done their best to prepare them for the complicated world we live in. This drive allows QND to help the young people in our area receive a faith-based education. It continues to be a great environment to develop future leaders for our community.”
The QND Fund Drive keeps tuition affordable by paying a portion of the school’s operating expenses to close the gap between the cost to educate and student tuition. The campaign also provides financial assistance to students. Over the past 38 years, more than $12 million has been contributed to QND’s fund drives.
Kurt Stuckman, executive director of the QND Foundation, noted the importance of focusing and providing donors with information as to how investments positively impact QND. “We continue to work hard to ensure our donors are well aware of the impact they make by donating to QND. It is critical for supporters of QND to see their investment in action. The results illustrate the success generated by great leadership and tremendous community support. I would like to thank both Pat and Rich for co-chairing the campaign and all of our volunteers who helped us meet and exceed our goal,” states Stuckman.
Division chairs for the 2016 business portion of the drive, which kicked off in January, were as follows: Kirk Frageman, Steve Green, Jared Haugh, Jill Kelly, Will Meckes, Alan Musholt, Debbie Naught, Jim Obert, Jayne Pieper, Jacob Scholz and Andy Tappe.
The next portion of the drive took place in Quincy and Hannibal Catholic parishes. Parishioners were asked for their pledges and contributions during Commitment Weekend, March 5-6.
The last portion of the campaign, seeked out-of-town alumni support through contact by current QND students and volunteers during the Alumni Phon-a-thon, May 2-5.
Forty-eight percent of the Fund Drive total was raised in the business portion, thirty-six percent in the parish portion, and sixteen percent through the Alumni Phon-a-thon.
How does the money collected from the Fund Drive impact QND?
- Helps bridge the gap between the cost of tuition and the cost to educate.
- Supports operational costs of Quincy Notre Dame High School
- Helps provide financial assistance to QND students
The Foundation has raised more than $12 million in the past 38 years. The money raised helps keep tuition affordable by paying a portion of the school’s operating costs and closing the gap between the cost to educate a student and tuition. The Fund Drive additionally supports QND’s financial aid program.
How can my gift make a difference?
Every gift — no matter what size – makes a difference! Last year, gifts to the Fund Drive provided more than $440,000 in support of the school’s operating budget. Your generosity has an immediate effect. Gifts are added to the operating costs for the current year. What’s more, your support encourages others to give. Many foundations and corporations that offer financial support and other assistance are reassured of the integrity of Quincy Notre Dame because strong supporters are at the heart of its own community.