The Shepherd University Foundation was incorporated in 1961 as a 501C(3) non-profit educational organization and is led by a board of volunteer directors. Located on the campus of Shepherd University in historic McMurran Hall, the office houses a professional staff of five. As stewards and fiduciaries of the Shepherd University Foundation, it is the board of directors’ responsibility to cultivate its continued growth and development, as well as that of Shepherd University. This is accomplished through four simple steps:
The primary role of a Foundation director is to assist Shepherd University in raising money. They lead by example and give generously to Shepherd’s varied annual funds and endowments.
In addition to perennial giving, directors have a shared responsibility to assist Shepherd University in the solicitation of funds and other fundraising opportunities. This is a critical aspect of their mission, as the University needs financial support more than ever.
Foundation directors have a dual role of stewardship and fiduciary responsibility. They work with Shepherd University to ensure that funds are used as designated and agreed upon with donors. They also manage donations so that the underlying endowments are maintained for the future benefit of the University, while delivering adequate annual income to fund student scholarships, academic program and faculty excellence awards and general University support.
Finally, acting as ambassadors, Foundation directors foster a strong sense of support for the University among alumni, friends, and the overall community.