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Institutional Advancement

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What we do

The mission of the Office of Institutional Advancement is to generate greater understanding, commitment and financial support from individuals, corporations, foundations and government agencies for the teaching, research and service missions of Niagara University. This office includes development, advancement services, and alumni engagement. 

Your gift makes a difference in providing a well-rounded, quality education for Niagara students.

Location

Gacioch Family Alumni and Admissions Center
716.286.8778

Hours

ACADEMIC YEAR
Mon. – Fri.
| 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

SUMMER
Mon. – Thu.
| 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Fri. | 8:30 a.m. – noon

Benefits of Giving

  • Financially help support our students to attend NU through scholarships
  • Fund programs and on-campus renovations to benefit the NU community.
  • All gifts are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law

Giving Societies

Donors can be recognized through three different societies depending on their generosity. 

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The John Lynch Society

As a member of the John Lynch Society, you can expect special communication about the status of the university, exclusive invitations to select campus and regional events, as well as year-round accountability regarding the use of your gift.

Gifts to the John Lynch Society must be received by May 31. All gifts made within the fiscal year are counted – including gifts to the Niagara Fund, endowment, and Purple & White, as well as matching gifts from employers. Lynch Society membership is based on giving at least $1,000 annually.

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Loyalty Society

Our alumni, friends and organizations that contribute annually are recognized in the Niagara University Loyalty Society. Donors making gifts for 3 consecutive years or more are members of this group. Gifts of any amount, to any area of the university are counted toward this membership. Consistent giving at any level is vital to the success of the university!

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Marcus Brown Heritage Society

When you make a gift to Niagara University from your will or trust, you'll be welcomed into the Marcus Brown Heritage Society and join other supporters and friends of our important mission. Is Niagara University already in your estate plans? Please let us know so we can properly thank you and make sure your gift will be used as you've intended.

Scholarships

Niagara University provides financial aid to 99 percent of incoming undergraduate students. This support plays a major role in a student’s decision to attend NU.

Scholarship funds can be endowed with a minimum gift of $50,000. These funds are invested and will award in perpetuity. Our current spending policy is approved annually by the Board of Trustees, and is calculated as 5 percent of a three-year moving average of the market value of endowment assets. 

Department
Staff

MAIN CONTACT

Jaclyn Drozd

Jaclyn Drozd
Vice President Institutional Advancement
716.286.8778

Judith

Baker

Research Associate

Phone: 716.286.8779

Holly

Beaston, M.A.

Senior Advancement Officer

Phone: 716.286.8791

Justin J.

Brown

Major Gifts Officer

Phone: 716.286.8767

Courtney

Corbetta

Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement

Phone: 716.286.8772

Jaclyn R.

Drozd

Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Phone: 716.286.8778

David

Larson

Director of Advancement Services

Phone: 716.286.8768

Steven

Maciejewski

Advancement Officer - Athletics

Phone: 716.286.8792

Sara L.

Moretta

Assistant Director of Annual Fund and Philanthropic Events

Phone: 716.286.8789

Tiffany L.

Ryan

Gift Accountant

Phone: 716.286.8790

Heather

Smith

Manager of Scholarship and Donor Engagement

Phone: 716.286.8774

Paul

Zablocki

Associate Vice President, Institutional Advancement

Phone: 716.286.8590