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2020-2021 Annual Report

The past two years have been unlike anything we’ve experienced in recent memory. Across the globe, non-profit organizations were faced with unknowns as to how they would fare during a public health crisis and the economic impact it would have on philanthropic giving. The East Stroudsburg University Foundation wasn’t alone in its challenges, but I am proud to say we navigated these stressful times thanks to your kindness. Through your generosity, we continue to move forward with our important work of supporting ESU and its students.

It is my honor to share the impact of your generosity in Answering the Call, the ESU Foundation’s 2020-2021 Annual Report and Honor Roll of Donors. It gives you a glimpse into a solid year at the Foundation as we build on our commitment to provide the best educational experience to our students at a reasonable cost. Donor contributions enhance every aspect of university life - in the classroom, on the athletic field of competition and beyond. Your gifts of support assist students with their tuition and books, fund research projects, programs, academic events, athletics, and more.

Specifically, thanks to you, some of our accomplishments in 2020-2021:

The ESU Foundation secured $3,578,787 in total gifts and pledges in support of ESU and its students.

Scholarship support to students totaled $1,037,728, surpassing the $1 million mark for two years in a row. The Foundation awarded 674 scholarships to student recipients and generous donors created 20 new scholarship funds.

The prestigious President’s Circle saw remarkable growth in 2020-2021, significantly increasing the number of donors who give $1,500 or more during the fiscal year by nearly 92 percent.

Three major fundraising campaigns were completed, giving ESU the opportunity to provide students an enhanced academic and athletic experience:

  • The You WIN in the Locker Room First Campaign surpassed its goal, raising $886,397 to build a new Warriors football locker room.
  • The Community Health Education and Simulation Center will become a reality thanks to the $859,807 secured from generous donors and organizations.
  • An ESports Lab will give digital media students an enhanced learning experience following the culmination of a $220,000 fundraising campaign.

Throughout this report you will learn more about these campaigns and more, along with stories that offer a glimpse of the many doors opened for students who benefit from your philanthropic support. As stewards of your gifts, we strive to be transparent, sharing all that is made possible through your generosity. We are grateful you Answered the Call when we asked and remain hopeful you will be our steadfast friend and partner far into the future.