At the Heart of Us

At the heart of the University of Saint Francis is its community — a diverse group of exceptional individuals, including students, alumni, faculty, administrators, family, and friends, each contributing their unique experiences to foster a common identity defined by care, encouragement, and support.

It feels like family. And, it is from this perspective that our dedicated donors find inspiration to contribute.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our generous donors — alumni, friends, parents and families, and employees — for their unwavering generosity. We commit to honoring your dedication.

Alumni Donors

The University of Saint Francis alumni exemplify critical thinking, passionate engagement, clear communication, and a commitment to living with integrity. With over 19,000 graduates from various institutions affiliated with Saint Francis, you, as alumni, are vibrant examples of the comprehensive education provided by Saint Francis.

As part of this esteemed group, we encourage you to connect often and stay in touch. Whether you found love while studying for a Biology exam or embarked on a life of service during a mission trip, your time at Saint Francis has left an indelible mark on your life.

Our graduates play a pivotal role in advancing Saint Francis’ educational mission. Through alumni events, class reunions, and your generous contributions, you inspire, lead, and support Saint Francis, shaping its future for generations to come.


Collaborations with the local community, volunteers, foundations, and business leaders significantly elevate our campus community and the northwest Indiana region. As a vital member of this collaborative effort, your support, whether through the Cougar Club, the Cougar Classic, attendance at arts events, volunteering as a mentor, or sharing your expertise as a guest speaker, is instrumental.

Your commitment empowers Saint Francis to fulfill its mission, equipping each graduate with the essential tools and experiences for success, enabling them to make a positive impact locally and globally.

Parents and Families

From convocation to commencement, you’ve been there, cheering your student on from the first campus tour to the triumphant degree presentation. We celebrate your student’s accomplishments and remain dedicated to their success throughout their academic journey. To support ongoing achievements, our Academic and Career Development Center provides cutting-edge internships, resume assistance, mock interviews, and post-graduation placement services.

Saint Francis is not only invested in your student but also in the success of your family. None of these services would be possible without the support of the parents and families that constitute our vibrant Cougar community.


As a staff or faculty member, your contribution has a dual impact. Beyond sharing your time and talent with our students, every dollar you give directly supports students and a wide array of programs. Your gift not only underscores your belief in our shared educational mission but also reflects your personal investment in it.

Furthermore, your generosity reverberates in the local community, as over 70% of our graduates remain in the Fort Wayne area. Your investment stays close to home, benefiting the people of Fort Wayne and northeast Indiana. Supporting Saint Francis isn’t just an investment in education; it’s an investment in the people and communities we serve.

Our Donor Promise

Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life.

To assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:

  • To be informed of the organization’s mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
  • To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization’s governing board and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
  • To have access to the organization’s most recent financial statements.
  • To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
  • To receive appropriate acknowledgment and recognition.
  • To be assured that information about their donations is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
  • To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
  • To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization, or hired solicitors.
  • To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.
  • To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful, and forthright answers.

The text of this statement in its entirety was developed by the American Association of Fund-Raising Counsel (AAFRC), Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and adopted by Saint Francis in November 1993.

Contact Us

Office of Institutional Advancement

Phone: 260-399-8034

Monday – Friday:
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.