Report and Impact on Giving

Report on Giving

Please note that the annual report on giving reflects gifts made to the Fitchburg State University Foundation, Inc. between July 1 and June 30. We have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of our information, if you see an error, please let us know and we can make the correction on the webpage. For questions or comments please contact:

Kelly Sylvia '03, '11,
Director of Donor Relations
Fitchburg State University
160 Pearl St
Fitchburg, MA 01420
978.665.4558 or

Giving Societies

The Thompson Hall Society is the only lifetime society of the Fitchburg State University Foundation, Inc. All other societies are based on annual giving during the fiscal year.


A Hand up Charitable Foundation
Academic Partnerships

Academic Studies Abroad
Caveney Insurance Group

Advanced Building System Inc.
Benevity, Inc.

Coastal Plastics Equipment Inc.
Mercadante & Mercadante P.C., CPAs

Ameriprise Financial
Bank of America Corp.


George ’69 & Jeanne (Ziegler) Awad ‘69
Mark Fearer ’93, ‘99
Ronald & Irene (Czekanski) Hamel '65
James M. '75 & Elizabeth R. Walsh
John W. & Joan (Brissette) Flynn '65
Karen Frank Mays ’94, ‘09*
Marcia Palo ‘66*
Elaine Marieb ‘84*
Jim '76, '81 & Gail (George) Todd '74, '80
Mary Ann Zimmerman*
Lorraine (Elia) Rosenthal '88*
Sean Goodlett

Impact on Giving

Meet Some Donors

headshot of alum Marcia Palo

Marcia Palo, Fitchburg State Class of 1966. Marcia graduated from Fitchburg State with a degree in nursing. For many years, she worked as a nurse at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, as well as the VA Medical Center in Boston. In her estate plans, Marcia specified that 15% of her residual estate be given to Fitchburg State to create a nursing scholarship in memory of her parents, Jacob and Stella Palo. The first scholarship was awarded in 2020.

Dr Elaine Nicpon Marieb Alum

Dr. Elaine Nicpon Marieb, PhD, Fitchburg State Class of 1984. Also a graduate of the Fitchburg State nursing program, Elaine Nicpon Marieb, PhD, named the university as a beneficiary in her estate plans. As a nontraditional student herself, Dr. Marieb wanted to create a fund to provide support for, "women who are coming to college later in life or who are returning to college in hopes of finally earning their degree." In her own words about the important role education played in her life, "Education gave me the faith and confidence I have in myself, and I would love to help instill that faith in students pursuing careers in health professions. With confidence and education, you can change your life."