Office of Planned Giving
PO Box 2008
Niagara University, NY 14109

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Supporting Niagara University


Planned gifts are an excellent way to support an endowment, whether for scholarships, lectureships, programs, or endowed deans, chairs, and professorships. You may also choose to fund capital initiatives with a planned gift, such as supporting a building initiative.

The options for support are numerous, such as through a bequest in one's will, naming Niagara University as a beneficiary in an insurance policy or retirement plan, or through a life income plan such as a charitable gift annuity, charitable remainder trust, or retained life estate.

If you use a charitable bequest to establish an endowed fund or intend it to fund a capital initiative, appropriate bequest language is needed to designate a specific fund.

Unless the gift is unrestricted in nature, most designations for endowment or a specific capital initiative are accomplished by an agreement executed between the university and the donor and can be “named” as the donor wishes, for example, after themselves, a family member, a mentor, or someone who has made an impact on the donor’s life.


Endowed Scholarship — $25,000 minimum

Endowed Scholarships are a top fundraising priority at Niagara University. Income from the endowed fund provides financial aid to students who meet the criteria of the scholarship as determined by the donor.

Endowed Lectureship — $25,000 minimum

An Endowed Lecture Series allows faculty and students to interact with distinguished leaders who are influencing various related disciplines, society, the nation, or the world. Endowed lectureships provide a stable source of funding to bring these leading researchers and academicians to Niagara University for scholarly lectures.

Endowed Programming $25,000 minimum

Endowed Programming is designed to enhance the work of a particular college, academic department, center, institute, or other area of the university. This allows our generous donors to endow an area of the university that holds particular significance for them.

Endowed Professorship $1,000,000

The best incentive for Niagara University to attract and retain the best scholars and teachers is the endowed professorship.

An endowed professorship is a long-term commitment to excellence. A portion of the income from your permanently invested endowment gift is used each year to provide for salary, professional development, and research support for a selected faculty member.

Endowed Chair $1,500,000

Endowed chairs are a hallmark of a great university. They offer many benefits to a university, the donor, honored scholars, and most of all, students. Endowed chairs will enable Niagara University to offer a more diverse curriculum that is not dependent on usual income sources such as tuition, and they will provide long-term financial stability. Endowed chairs also supply the means to attract, retain, and honor distinguished faculty members.

Endowed Deanship $3,000,000

This endowed fund will provide perpetual financial support for emerging college priorities and will be administered by the current and all future deans of the particular college for which it is designated.


Funding sources is an ongoing need for the construction, renovation, or refurbishment of campus facilities; such capital projects are intended to provide excellent and up-to-date environments for teaching, learning, community life, recreation, and spiritual growth.

Naming opportunities for current buildings are available in the B. Thomas Golisano Center for Integrated Sciences, Bisgrove Hall, and the Academic Complex which houses the Colleges of Business and Education. Nursing Labs are currently a high priority at Niagara and naming opportunities are available.

Donors may name capital projects at varying amounts, as determined by officers of the university.


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