A private university can only achieve excellence with significant financial support from its Board of Trustees. Leadership gifts from its trustees distinguish the vibrant, growing colleges and universities from those striving for survival and dependent on annual unrestricted gifts for operations. As do other benefactors, trustees have a desire to invest in specific programs or areas of interest that benefit students and ensure the long term success of Viterbo University. The Annual Trustees' Opportunity Fund meets both goals—to direct leadership level gifts to areas of trustee interest that are aligned with the vision and success of the university. The fund will support new ventures, entrepreneurial initiatives, provide seed money for innovation and risk capital to advance the University's strategic plan specific priorities. It is a tangible and substantial commitment of the Board to take Viterbo University to a new level of excellence and distinctiveness.
Since FY07, the Annual Trustees' Opportunity Fund has raised over $1,186,114 in funding to provide a margin of excellence to our faculty, staff, and students. Without the generosity of the Viterbo University Board of Trustees, many of these worthwhile projects would be delayed in implementation or simply not within reach of being accomplished.