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Founder's Dinner


The Nineteenth Annual Fordham
Founder’s Dinner

Celebrating the Close of Faith & Hope | The Campaign
for Financial Aid

We have decided to cancel the 2020 Fordham Founder’s Dinner on Monday, March 30. This was a big decision, but not a difficult one: you are valued members of our community, and given the rapid spread of coronavirus in New York, we chose to prioritize your health and well-being.

Our decision to cancel this year’s Founder’s Dinner is consistent with Governor Cuomo’s declaration of a state of emergency in New York on Saturday, 7 March, and the updated coronavirus guidelines issued by the CDC on Friday, 6 March.

We cannot thank you enough for your overwhelmingly generous support of our beloved University, our esteemed honorees, and the 48 Founder’s Scholars. Your generosity made Founder’s 2020 a record-breaking year with nearly $2.7 million raised for the Fordham Founder’s Undergraduate Scholarship Fund. Founder’s 2020 was also to serve as the official close of Faith & Hope | The Campaign for Financial Aid, which raised more than $175 million. These are your achievements — and we are in your debt. 

We invite you to please save the date for the 2021 Founder’s Dinner: Monday, 22 March 2021, where we will honor Emanuel Chirico, GABELLI '79, PAR, and Joanne M. Chirico, PAR, and Joseph H. Moglia, FCRH '71.

For additional information, please contact Liz Manigan at 212-636-7442;

About the Founder’s Scholarship Fund

The Fordham Founder’s Undergraduate Scholarship Fund helps Fordham advance its goals and mission of recruiting more underrepresented students of all backgrounds to the University. The scholarship is awarded to undergraduate men and women whose curiosity of mind and strength of spirit have enabled them to surmount obstacles and exceed expectations. Scholarship recipients must demonstrate through coursework, extracurricular activities, and personal experiences a desire for excellence in all aspects of life. Their characteristics reflect the qualities shared by Fordham’s founding members and are mandates for the development of an ethical society.

About the Fordham Founder’s Award

With the Fordham Founder’s Award, we seek to recognize individuals whose personal and professional lives reflect the highest aspirations of the University’s defining traditions, as an institution dedicated to wisdom and learning in the service of others. They are designated Founders of Fordham not only for their own achievements and contributions to the University, but also because they stand as exemplars of the renewal of the University in its identity and mission by different generations of Fordham men and women.