New Crimson & Gray Society Recognizes Leadership Donors

Friday, August 9, 2019

Saint Joseph’s University is pleased to announce the launch of its Crimson & Gray Society, a giving society that provides Saint Joseph’s with vital resources to pursue its bold strategic initiatives, grow key priorities and expand in innovative and ambitious ways.

Longtime supporters of Saint Joseph’s Joseph Dunn ’69 and his wife Patricia are excited about the University’s current trajectory. As inaugural members of the new Crimson & Gray Society, they appreciate the impact that their annual philanthropic support plays in strengthening the University’s key priorities and impacting the student experience.

A French major as an undergraduate and a member of the College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Council, Joe has been impressed with what has happened at the University over the past 10 years: the arrival of Mark C. Reed, Ed.D. as president; a new strategic plan, the appointment of Shaily Menon, Ph.D., as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; the choice of Cheryl A. McConnell, Ph.D., as provost; and the launch of the new School of Health Studies and Education.

About the Society

The primary purpose of the Crimson & Gray Society is to provide support for current use financial aid which remains among the University's highest fundraising priorities. However, donors may opt to designate their gift to other areas as well.

We are introducing the Crimson & Gray Society as a way to recognize those leadership donors who support the University with annual gifts of $10,000 - $24,999, which is significant, and to provide them with opportunities to engage with the University, its leadership, faculty, staff and students on a broader and deeper level. By supporting the University at the $10,000 level these donors are demonstrating their commitment to the University and we want to respond in kind.

Crimson & Gray members enjoy special opportunities to experience the impact of their generosity on current students through exclusive campus events, including the President's Christmas Party, an exclusive spring gathering with University leaders as well as regional gatherings of members. Members also receive regular updates on campus initiatives along with recognition at University events and in publications. This new gift society complements existing societies, which include the Magis Society, Barbelin Society, Ignatian Society and Hawk Athletic Fund.

To learn more about the Crimson & Gray Society, visit: sites.sju.edu/giving-societies

“All of these indicate that St. Joe’s is certainly moving forward, always in the Jesuit tradition, but with a keen awareness of today’s world,” Joe says.

Among the campus programs the Dunns are most passionate about is the Ignatian College Connection, which enables prospective students from underrepresented populations in Philadelphia and Camden to attend Saint Joseph’s.

“We like to direct our support toward financial aid for students who are well qualified academically but unable to afford full tuition,” Joe says. “A challenging undergrad program with strong liberal arts content opens so many doors — not just in a career but in life.”

Looking toward the future, Joe sees two key areas for the University to focus on in the years to come.

“The first is excellence in every course and every department,” he says. “Applicants and their families have more choices than ever, and will become increasingly discriminating in the selection of a university. Equally important will be a large endowment, so that investment income offsets a large part of the operating expenses and thus minimizes dependence on tuition.”

Philanthropic support from alumni, parents and friends, including the members of the Crimson & Gray Society, will play a critical role as the University looks to continue to expand in innovative and ambitious ways.

“The St. Joe’s that my generation attended relied heavily on charitable donations to build buildings, expand its course offerings and provide financial aid,” Joe says. “It’s important that every generation continue that tradition of generosity toward today’s and tomorrow’s students.”




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