The Division of College Advancement, under the leadership of Vice President Paul Adamo, includes the offices of Development & Fundraising and Alumni Engagement. The primary goals of the division are to increase the level of private support for the college, strengthen alumni traditions and networks, and build sustaining long-term relationships that advance the reputation and visibility of the college.
Staff members and volunteers working on behalf of the college reach out to alumni, friends, parents, corporations, foundations, and other benefactors and partners who want to provide opportunities for current students and believe in the importance of a vibrant educational experience.
The Division of College Advancement is also responsible for the management of two 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, the College at Oneonta Foundation and the SUNY Oneonta Alumni Association, and several advisory groups.
Tuition and fees only cover a portion of the actual cost of educating an Oneonta student. Private support is an essential resource for scholarships, enhancements to academic programs, campus life, funding for student research, and many other initiatives that help us fulfill the college’s mission.
It is a widely held misconception that as a SUNY school, Oneonta derives all of its funding from the state of New York. On the contrary, the college is only assisted by the state, from which it currently receives just 12% of its annual operating expenses. Private contributions help to bridge the gap between the total cost of a college education and the amount students pay in tuition.
Everyone has his or her own reasons for giving, and every gift — large and small — helps provide the means for SUNY Oneonta to change the lives of students, faculty, alumni and all members of the Oneonta community.