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Spire Society Celebrates One Year, $1 Million in Pledges

November 1, 2017

St. John Fisher College’s Spire Society, the network of donors who pledge $1,000 or more for three years to the College’s Annual Fund, celebrates its first anniversary on Wednesday, Nov. 1. In its first year, the Society’s 179 members have committed over $1 million in new pledges to Fisher.

A logo for the Spire Society at St. John Fisher College

Members of the Society include alumni—from the 1950s to as recent as 2017, employees, trustees, and friends of the College.

Members’ philanthropic contributions benefit 10 areas of the College, including the five Schools, athletics, financial aid, student life, Lavery Library, and presidential initiatives, as well as areas of greatest need. These gifts directly support scholarships, experiential learning opportunities, support for faculty and student research collaboration, acquisition of library collections, creation of new academic programs, investment in technology, facility improvements, athletic team travel and equipment, student leadership training, and more.

“The Spire Society has exceeded our expectations, both in terms of members and dollars committed,” said Phil Castleberry, vice president for institutional advancement. “It has been gratifying to see relationships develop among Spire Society members as well, extolling the virtues of this new Fisher network.”

Membership levels for the Spire Society include Founders Level ($25,000 or higher annual gift); Presidents Level ($10,000-$24,999 annual gift); Scholars Level ($5,000-$9,999 annual gift); Pioneers Level ($2,500-$4,999 annual gift); and Members Level ($1,000-$2,499 annual gift). Graduates of the last decade are eligible to join at the Members Level with an annual gift of $500.

To learn more about the Spire Society, see a list of current members, or to join, visit