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Supporting the Mission of Niagara University

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.

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Make an Impact on the Future

Your gift makes a difference in providing a well-rounded, quality education for Niagara students. From endowment funds to scholarships to program funding and campus improvements, giving back has tremendous value!

  • Financially support 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.

Ways to Give

Giving back to Niagara University and the next generation of Purple Eagles ensures our legacy of excellence continues! There are many ways to give back, please contact our office for specific questions about donations or events.

One Time Gift

A one-time financial gift is tax deductible and makes a difference  to Niagara students! 

Legacy Gift

By including Niagara University in your trust or will, you can support NU for years to come.

Powering Transformation

 Be part of our largest and most philanthropic campaign to date!

President's Dinner

This annual event is an evening of celebration in the name of supporting the generations of tomorrow.

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Scholarship Funds

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 be awarded in perpetuity. Our current spending policy is approved annually by the Board of Trustees, and is calculated as five percent of a three-year moving average of the market value of endowment assets.

Join a Giving Society

When you donate to Niagara University, you can be recognized through three different societies based on your gift.

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.”

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!

Marcus Brown 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.

Alumni Engagement

Our alumni family is over 36,000 strong! Together, we can continue to impact the lives of current and future Purple Eagles! Discover all the ways our alumni can stay involved and support the future of Niagara University.

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Find Us on Campus


Gacioch Family Alumni and Admissions Center


Office Hours

Academic Year
Mon. – Fri. | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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

Department Staff

Main Contact

Jaclyn Drozd

Jaclyn Drozd

Vice President Institutional Advancement

Additional Contacts

Judith Baker
Research Associate
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Holly Beaston, M.A.
Senior Advancement Officer
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Justin J.Brown
Major Gifts Officer
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Courtney Corbetta
Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement
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Jaclyn R. Drozd
Vice President for Institutional Advancement
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David Larson
Director of Advancement Services
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Steven Maciejewski
Advancement Officer – Athletics
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Tiffany L. Ryan
Gift Accountant
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Heather Smith
Manager of Scholarship and Donor Engagement
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Paul Zablocki
Associate Vice President, Institutional Advancement
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