March 16 Franciscan Faceoff fundraising challenge pits SBU against Siena

March 09, 2022

The alumni and friends of St. Bonaventure University and Siena College will once again reignite the rivalry as they face off on March 16 in the Franciscan Faceoff fundraising challenge.

The online crowdfunding event combines each school’s giving day and is designed to help ensure a strong learning community is maintained at both colleges.

For 24 hours, the sister schools will try to outdo each other in the number of participants and the amount of annual fund donations received. Contributors will have the opportunity to participate in various donation challenges, create their own challenge, or simply support a participant or team at each school.

“We can create incredible opportunities for students when we come together,” said Alan Riddle, Director of Annual Giving at St. Bonaventure. “Last year saw the first-ever showdown on Bona Giving Day, which led to a banner year and, in turn, improved scholarship aid and academic support for our students. What’s truly inspiring is that over 75% of gifts were $100 or less, an important reminder that every gift, no matter the amount, makes a difference.

St. Bonaventure and Siena are jointly rooted in the Franciscan spirit and compete each year on the basketball court in the men’s basketball competition for the coveted Brother. Ed Coughlin Franciscan Cup.

The cup’s namesake, Br. F. Edward Coughlin, OFM, was a Bona graduate in 1970, a professed Franciscan friar for 47 years, and a former president at Siena and vice president at St. Bonaventure. He died suddenly in 2019 following heart surgery. Franciscan Faceoff continues his legacy of giving to every school.

“While we have a strong network of volunteer fundraisers in St. Bonaventure, our goal is to reach 100 Bona Giving Day volunteers this year,” Riddle said. “Time commitment is all a volunteer can put in.”

Volunteers help by sharing social media posts and encouraging friends and family to join in with a giveaway, Riddle said.

To support Saint-Bonaventure in the Franciscan face-to-face on March 16 or to register as a volunteer, visit sbu.edu/BonaGivingDay.

For more information, please contact Alan Riddle at (716) 375-2068 or [email protected]

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About the University: The nation’s first Franciscan university, Université Saint-Bonaventure is a community committed to transforming the lives of our students inside and outside the classroom, inspiring them with a lifelong commitment to service and citizenship. St. Bonaventure was named the 5th regional college value in the North in the 2022 edition of US News and World Report’s College Rankings.

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