QND: Establishing a Foundation for Life
Quincy Notre Dame Annual Fund Drive 2014 Co-Chair Jennifer Winking ‘84 announced that the drive raised $454,895 in gifts and pledges exceeding its goal by $36,895. The announcement was made at the Annual Fund Volunteer and Donor Appreciation Gathering held this evening in the QND Library. Emily Smith, a senior at QND, shared her appreciation with volunteers and donors on behalf of the student body during the event.
The 37th Annual Fund Drive was led by Jennifer Winking ’84 and Ralph Oakley, and nearly 400 volunteers working in the business, parish and alumni phases. Winking relates the campaign’s success to its many dedicated volunteers and the well-earned reputation of Quincy Notre Dame within the community.
“Each and every year, the community reaffirms their commitment to quality, faith-based education in Quincy. We are humbled by the outpouring of generosity and of the community support for Quincy Notre Dame,” states Winking. “As a result of the campaign, QND continues to thrive and produce great leaders who in turn give back to the community.”
“Thank you to all of the volunteers who donated their time to assist in the fund drive. Thank you to all of the donors, who continue to support QND and make it possible for many students to receive the benefit that is offered from an education at QND. Each and every contribution makes a difference,” said Winking.
Annual Fund volunteers spread the message, which combined the statistical results of receiving a QND education with a personal, inside look at the everyday interactions in the school. Donors were able to hear student testimonials and view the campaign video illustrating the opportunities at QND during Commitment Weekend in the Quincy and Hannibal Catholic Parishes and on the QND website through YouTube.
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 made a concerted effort to ensure our donors see hard earned dollars at work. We continue to have a tremendously productive school and it is truly because of our generous donors that allow us to be successful. I would like to thank both Jennifer and Ralph for co-chairing the campaign, our division leaders, Commitment Weekend co-chairs and all of our volunteers who helped us meet and exceed our goal,” states Stuckman.
The QND Annual 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 36 years, more than $11.5 million has been contributed to QND’s annual drives.
QND’s 2014 campaign began January 17 with a kick-off breakfast, with the QND faculty, staff, board members, and area pastors announcing their 100% participation in the effort.
Forty-seven percent of the Annual Fund Drive total was raised in the Advanced Phase, 40% in the Parish Phase, and 13% in the Alumni Phase.
Divisional chairs for the 2014 Advanced Phase, business portion of the drive, were as follows: Kirk Frageman, Steve Green, Jared Haugh, Jill Mason, Andrew Mays, Jayne Pieper, Alan Musholt, Debbie Naught, Jim Obert and Jacob Scholz.
Quincy and Hannibal Catholic parishioners were asked for their pledges and contributions in the Parish Phase on Commitment Weekend, March 1-2.
The following individuals served as chairs for Commitment Weekend 2014:
St. Anthony: Rev. Tom Hagstrom; Pete and Kelly Little; Shawn and Tina Peters; and Brent and Gina Whelan.
St. Francis: Rev. Don Blaeser, OFM; Bruce and Theresa Alford; Shaun and Sue Carey; Jack and Sheri Ray; and Andrew and Stacey Staff.
Blessed Sacrament: Msgr. Michael Kuse; Shawn and Jennifer Dickerman; Mark and Beth Hayes; and Russ and Anna Hinkamper.
St. Peter: Msgr. Leo Enlow; Kevin and Tami Cain; Raymond and Laurie Kennedy; Kent and Karen Kite; and Doug and Janie Reed.
The last portion of the campaign, the Alumni Phase, asked for support from out-of-town alumni through contact by current QND students and phon-a-thon volunteers May 5-14.