Prof. Salim Daccache s.j., Rector of USJ and President of Fondation USJ
Fondation USJ, established in 2015, is a fundraising organization within the University. It provides financial support to students, development projects for the University, and needs of its hospital.
A historic university such as USJ, providing public service on a non-profit basis as stated in its Charter, ought to rely on its community of Alumni and Friends to carry out its mission.
Donations collected by Fondation USJ are entirely distributed in scholarships and allocated to our faculties, since Saint-Joseph University of Beirut handles all expenses related to its administration and its university hospital, Hôtel-Dieu de France. It has no other support than itself and its donors. While our task is to distribute the funds we receive, it is also our duty, for the sake of transparency and philanthropy, to inform our generous donors of the use and impact of their donations. A Governance Council made up of external auditors helps the Foundation articulate its fundraising strategy and monitors the ethical conduct of its activities. A Fundraising Steering Committee accompanies the operational team on a regular basis and support the team in achieving their goals.
It is true that fundraising activities have been more successful at Anglo-American than French speaking universities. Nonetheless, the generous heart and spirit of solidarity need not training. Now more than ever, we need you to partner with us in educating and teaching for excellence in Lebanon.
I write these words in a time of tragedy. But it is not a time devoid of hope and light. We are determined to provide the best care to our patients, to help young people stay and grow up in their country. With your help, we want to remain masters of our future. Thank you for your testimony and your friendship. Your donations are precious to us. Recognition is part of our humanistic and spiritual culture
Prof. Salim Daccache s.j.