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10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know the Annual Fund Supported

 

A gift to the Annual Fund is a gift to Siena students. Every dollar, no matter its size, goes directly to making the Siena experience the best four years possible. In supporting the Annual Fund, you help to create the education of a lifetime. 

Here’s a few (awesome) ways an annual fund gift impacts students. 

#1. The Dog Pound

Without the Annual Fund’s support, many of Siena’s 60+ clubs and organizations would not exist or their budgets would only be partially funded. 

#2. Christmas Spirit

From the Christmas lights that illuminate Route 9 to Advent services in the chapel to charitable programs run through the Franciscan Center for Service and Advocacy, gifts to the Annual Fund help make the Christmas season possible. 

#3. Rockets

The Annual Fund supports student-faculty research, so students can do things like build a satellite that gets launched by NASA into space.

#4. SienaFest

The most-loved student events are all supported by the Annual Fund, including SienaFest, Fall Fusion, Muscial Mayhem, SEB coffee house, Charity Week, movie nights and Winter Weekend.

#5. The Seasons


True, the actual changing of seasons are more Mother Nature’s wheelhouse. But, Annual Fund gifts do help to keep Siena’s campus one of the most beautiful around. 

#6. Makeovers

Renovations and maintenance of Siena’s facilities and the construction of new buildings would not be possible without Siena’s Annual Fund. A future project is a makeover of the Sarazen Student Union. The proposal would move the college bookstore to another location within SSU, and that space would become a new “student living room” where students could hang out, relax and enjoy their college experience. 

#7. The Future 

Whether it’s in a classroom, courtroom, operating room, boardroom, on Wall Street or a non-profit, the Annual Fund helps students gain the skills they need to succeed in the career of their choice. They are your future colleagues and neighbors!

#8. Grad Rates

The level of support provided to Siena students translates to nation-leading graduation rates. Not only are our student athletes at the top of their class, but Siena’s four-year grad rate of 74% beats the average for Catholic (54.2%), private (53.8%) and public (39%) colleges and universities.

#9. Study Abroad

 

The Annual Fund bolsters the operating costs of the Study Abroad program (and every other department on campus!) and opens doors to international experiences that 25% of Siena students choose to participate in. 

#10. A Full Day

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From their first class to late night TV with their roomates, Annual Fund monies are a part of every aspect of a Siena student’s day. (P.S. You can catch a moment at Siena anytime by visiting the live feed of campus.