Questions and Answers

When is #BonaGivingDay?

Thursday, February 8, 2018

What is #BonaGivingDay?

#BonaGivingDay is a day committed to philanthropy, in which we encourage alumni, family, friends, faculty and staff to come together in support of St. Bonaventure University with a gift to The Bonaventure Fund.

How will my donation be used?

Gifts to The Bonaventure Fund go to work immediately supporting the University and the students who call it home. Not only do your gifts provide our students needed financial aid and scholarship support, they also help keep the University updated with the latest technology and resources.

I can’t afford to make a large gift. Does my donation really make a difference?

Yes. Whether $10 or $1,000, all gifts make a difference in the lives of students. Even better, your gift on #BonaGivingDay can help us reach challenge goals allowing us to unlock additional gifts throughout the day.

How do I make a gift?

1. Visit www.sbu.edu/bonagivingday
2. Click on the “Donate” button
3. Complete the information required and click submit once complete

Besides making a donation, how else can I help?

You can provide additional support by spreading the word through social media. Additionally, you can register to become a volunteer fundraiser through our TeamRaiser platform. Once signed up, you’ll be provided the tools necessary to personally reach out to friends and urge them to join you in making a gift.

Can I issue a participation or matching gift challenge?

Yes! Challenge gifts are a great way to inspire others to make donations on #BonaGivingDay. If you are planning on making a gift to the University of $2,000 or more, let us know and we can work together to leverage that as a challenge for participation or as a matching gift. This is a great way to maximize the impact of your gift.

To issue a challenge or to find out more please contact Alan Riddle, Annual Giving Development Officer, either by email at ariddle@sbu.edu or phone at (716) 375-2068.

Can I give by mail or over the phone?

While #BonaGivingDay is a virtual event, the University would be more than happy to accept your support either by mail or phone. To give by mail, please send a check to the following:

The Bonaventure Fund
P.O. Box 2519
St. Bonaventure, NY 14778

*Please be sure to write #BonaGivingDay on the memo line of your check.

Can my employer match my gift?

There are many companies who offer matching gift programs. If you aren’t sure whether your employer matches gifts, please visit www.matchinggifts.com/sbu to find out.

Is my gift tax deductible?

Yes. All gifts to St. Bonaventure are considered a charitable donation. Your gift will be acknowledged with a receipt for your tax records from our Advancement Services office. 

I am a current Bonaventure student, how can I be involved? 

It's easy for students to get involved. You can help spread the word on social media by clicking here for more information. Every post about #BonaGivingDay will help contribute to the day's success.

Plus, join in the #BonaGivingDay Selfie Scavenger Hunt for a chance to earn Bona gear!