Stetson Raises A Record $52 Million in Fiscal Year 2022

Holler Fountain in Palm Court with Elizabeth Hall in the background

Stetson University raised a record $52.2 million last year, providing money for scholarships, academic programs and facility improvements. 

President Christopher F. Roellke, PhD, called the record fundraising “an extraordinary accomplishment,” noting that the university’s previous record was about $29 million raised in 2018.

“I believe our donors, granting agencies and friends of the University determined that there was no better time to give to Stetson University than right now,” he said. “The pandemic has presented both unprecedented challenges and opportunities for higher education and the extraordinary generosity of our donors has energized and inspired us all.”

portrait of Christopher Roellke
President Christopher F. Roellke, PhD

The gifts and pledges were received in the 2021-22 fiscal year, ending June 30, and will benefit many areas across campus, with about 75% going toward scholarships, said Krista Bofill, vice president of Development and Alumni Engagement.

The funding also will provide lab equipment and support academic programs like Fine Arts, Music and Health Sciences. The donations included a $16 million bequest from Antoinette “Toni” LaValle that is providing scholarships and other support to students in the arts and music.

In addition, the donations will pay for renovations to athletic facilities, such as Melching Field for Stetson Baseball and the Edmunds Center. 

Portrait of Krista Bofill
Krista Bofill

The record fundraising comes only a few years after Stetson completed a $218 million comprehensive campaign in 2019, exceeding its $200 million goal. 

“When people are giving their philanthropic dollars, they have so many more choices than they did 20 years ago,” Bofill said. “It says a lot for people to choose us at this time and for them to understand that we are making a difference not only in the students we serve, but also in the community.”

-Cory Lancaster