SLAM "Students Leaving A Mark"What is SLAM?

SLAM (Students Leaving A Mark) is an exciting program that educates students about the importance of philanthropy and the role it plays at Niagara University. SLAM:

  • Teaches students that tuition and fees DO NOT cover all of the costs of an NU education - donors bridge the gap!
  • Recognizes and thanks alumni for their gifts.
  • Increases student awareness of how gifts to the Niagara Fund affect their experience.
  • Celebrates the act of philanthropy and recognizes what has been made possible by donors.
  • Gives students the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of current and future students.

What are SLAM's goals?

The primary goal of SLAM is to instill the importance of philanthropy in students and then provide an opportunity to give back to Niagara before they graduate. There are also three main components to these goals:

  1. To create awareness whereby students learn how their education is partially funded by the generosity of alumni and friends
  2. To develop gratitude for the role alumni and friends play in “bridging the gap” in students’ educational costs
  3. To cultivate giving before graduation

Benefits of giving:

  • Each gift increases donor participation, enabling Niagara to achieve a higher national ranking which will, in turn, increase the value of a Niagara degree and give NU alumni an advantage in the job market.
  • The more gifts Niagara receives, the more attractive the university becomes to donors, including corporations and foundations, which can make larger gifts.
  • By participating in SLAM, students are investing in the life of Niagara University, as well as in the lives of other students. It feels good to give back!

To learn more about SLAM, contact Michele Smith-Link, assistant director, student engagement and alumni operations, at 716.286.8775 or