Fr. Allen, S.J., talks with Gregory Burke '12 about the significance of his time at Fairfield
Fairfield is pleased to introduce the formation of the Charles H. Allen, S.J. Society.
The Allen Society celebrates Fairfield alumni, parents and friends who make a financial gift for two or more consecutive years.
It consists of thousands of Fairfield alumni, parents and friends who give to University priorities, student programs, athletics and more. The impact of your gifts, combined with those of others, help Fairfield accomplish its most important mission - to educate men and women for others.
This important donor recognition society has been named in honor of Fr. Allen, S.J., University Chaplain and Special Assistant to the President. As many of you know and have experienced firsthand, Fr. Allen has been a steadfast presence in the Fairfield University and Prep communities since he first arrived in 1977.
A Boston native, Father Allen joined the Jesuits at age 17 in order to see the world. And see the world he did – his Jesuit travels took him to North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa all before he arrived, as he likes to say, “in the closest I will ever come to the Garden of Eden: Fairfield, Connecticut.”
For more than three decades at Fairfield University and Fairfield Prep, Fr. Allen is one of the most known and beloved faces on campus. Known for his intelligence, humor, warmth and his illuminating homilies, Fr. Allen serves as a great inspiration to students, alumni and the community both on and off campus. Well-loved, and he notes, well-fed, by scores of alumni over the years, his calendar is full of events, including presiding at hundreds of weddings, baptisms and the passing of our loved ones. His spoken word enriches the lives of so many, in whatever capacity he serves.
“I am so humbled and proud to have my name as part of this new loyalty program,” Fr. Allen says with appreciation. “It is an honor to be part of Fairfield University, and in some small way, be of service to this University.”
Fairfield University has such loyal and generous alumni, parents and friends. Thank you again for your loyalty to Fairfield University.
The President’s Circle is a prestigious group of alumni, parents and friends of the University whose leadership giving and enthusiastic commitment to Fairfield University set an example and inspire others.
The philanthropic support of members collectively accounts for more than 80% of The Fairfield Fund, and 85% of all gifts to the University. These contributions support our students in every facet of their educational experience and make a Fairfield education a reality for many.
We invite you to join The President’s Circle by making a gift of $1,000 or more. All contributions received from July 1 to June 30 (our fiscal year) – including matching gifts – qualify for membership. Monthly, quarterly, or semi-annual payment schedules may be set up.
Young alumni are invited to become Gold Circle Members. Learn more.
President’s Circle members are invited to special events through the year, such as the President’s Christmas party and regional Circle cocktail receptions. They are also recognized in a special Honor Roll of Donors.
Today’s students will be tomorrow’s leaders. Your President’s Circle contributions lay the foundation for their success, provide for inspiration in the classroom and beyond, and sustain the University’s tradition of excellence.
The NLC was established by alumni, parents, and friends who have a profound dedication to seeing Fairfield University reach new heights of excellence through the Fairfield Rising Campaign. Promote the entrepreneurial spirit by supporting Business Plan Competitions at the Dolan School of Business. Provide a future nurse with opportunities to “learn by doing” in underserved local communities. Support the innovations that are developed in the materials lab at the School of Engineering. Create a named scholarship to enable the dream of a higher education. Broaden a student’s world perspective through language study in Florence or business in Brisbane.
The Parents Leadership Council is a network of parents committed to supporting and enhancing the quality of Fairfield University student life and learning, and supports the university by raising funds from the parent community. Council members work closely with the university to actively engage parents and serves as the voice of the parents’ community with the university administration.
An annual donation of $5,000 or more establishes your membership in the Parents Leadership Council. Benefits of giving at this leadership level include special invitations to events hosted by the University President, special updates from the Parents Program office, invitations to webinars and focus groups for parents.
For more information, please contact:
Geri R. Derbyshire
Associate Vice President for Development
The Bellarmine Society is comprised of alumni and friends who have included Fairfield University in their estate plans. Since 1942, thousands of students have grown and thrived and discovered their unique calling in the world, grounded in the Jesuit education they experienced at Fairfield University. Your planned gift can ensure a Fairfield education for future generations of students. Whatever option you choose–a simple bequest, a beneficiary designation, a charitable gift annuity, or a charitable trust–planned gifts offer you a creative, strategic way to support the University far into the future while also providing you with tax and other benefits.
Thank you to all those who contributed to Fairfield University last year. Each gift, no matter the size, supported every student, faculty member, and department on campus and greatly advanced Fairfield’s rise as we strive to strengthen our position as the modern, Jesuit University.
I encourage you to spend some time reviewing the Honor Roll to get a glimpse into our community of donors who selflessly gave between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017. You will also be able to view the Gifts in Action page to learn about the positive impact donor support is having on our students.
With warmest regards,
Mark R. Nemec, PhD
Professor of Politics