Thank you to our generous donors in 2017-2018


Dear Friends,

Thank you to our generous donors in 2017-2018

Every spring, we enjoy one of the highlights of the East Stroudsburg University Foundation’s year – the annual Scholarship Dinner. It’s a celebration of giving and receiving, when donors and student scholarship recipients meet and get to know one another. Donors share more about their lives and reasons for giving, and students impart their dreams and academic aspirations. That one evening gives me pause to consider the very important work we do at the ESU Foundation, and why it’s crucial to thank our donors for the impact they make in the lives of others.

Our scholarship program is always a source of pride for the Foundation. I’m thrilled to share that in fiscal year 2017-2018, it continued to see strong growth as we established 28 new annual and seven new endowed scholarship funds. In total, the Foundation awarded 574 scholarships totaling more than $781,000, a five percent increase from the previous year.

We couldn’t make strides in our scholarship program and the many other projects and initiatives we undertake without the generosity of donors. You are part of a community that cares and for that we thank you! All gifts, regardless of size, are significant and we are deeply grateful for your ongoing support of the academic success of all ESU students. I am excited to share the 2017-2018 ESU Foundation Annual Report and Honor Roll of Donors. It gives you a glimpse into yet another successful year at the Foundation as we continue to build upon our commitment to provide the best educational experience to our students at a reasonable cost.

Specifically, thanks to you, some of our accomplishments in 2017-2018:

  • 2,927 supporters helped raise more than $2,868,358 million in support of East Stroudsburg University.
  • $1.8 million fundraising campaign to build new baseball and softball fields at Creekview Park, was completed.
  • Funding was secured so ESU’s Art + Design Department could add a 3D metal printer to its G3D Super Lab.
  • Alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends came together to show their support for the university on Giving Tuesday 2017, closing out the day with $81,510 in gifts.

As you read through this report, you will learn how your gift opened doors to a new world, created stepping stones to a new future, and nurtured dreams for a better tomorrow. As stewards of your gift, we are called upon to share the new initiatives, projects, and programs made possible by your thoughtful generosity.

I’d like to also thank the ESU Foundation Board of Directors and ESU President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D., for their support in 2017-2018 and as we strategize our fundraising initiatives for the coming years. I continue to believe it takes teamwork to make goals a reality and we are ready to exceed benchmarks set for 2018-2019. With your support, we can’t miss.


Rich Santoro

Rich Santoro
Executive Director