How Will You Leave Your Legacy?

A legacy gift enables you to support Niagara University, secures the financial needs of your loved ones, and provides you with tax benefits. Legacy gifts of all sizes help us meet our current goals and plan further into the future.

By including Niagara University in your will or trust, naming the university as a beneficiary of all or part of a life insurance policy or retirement assets, or taking advantage of other giving opportunities, you can preserve your assets now and support Niagara University for years to come.

Let us help you make the gift that's right for you. Request a confidential, no-obligation conversation to get started.

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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.

The benefits of joining the Marcus Brown Heritage Society include:

  • Recognition as a Marcus Brown Heritage Society member in Niagara's University Annual Report and included in formal donor recognition on the campus of Niagara University;
  • Special recognition at selected events, including Alumni Weekend;
  • Invitations to select Niagara University sponsored events including athletic events, guest speakers, and on-campus cultural events sponsored by the Castellani Art Museum and Niagara University Theatre; and
  • A lapel pin and certificate of recognition for joining the Marcus Brown Heritage Society.

The most important benefit, of course, is the satisfaction of knowing that you have made a commitment to an enduring investment in the future of Niagara University and have made an impact on the lives of our students, which is immeasurable.

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Marcus Brown Heritage Society Members

Planned gifts support many areas of the university, from endowment to capital improvements and scholarships. The following alumni and friends have left Niagara University a legacy gift and are recognized as members of our Heritage Society:

  • Casimir J., '60,* and Lyndell Abramczyk
  • Dr. Carmelo T. Andolina, '38*
  • Emil R., '43,* and Jeannette Annunziato
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • Annamarie C. Barone, MA '52*
  • Fred J. Barone, '57*
  • Carol A. Barrett
  • Henry J., '50,* and Jennie Batsleer*
  • William H. Jr., '47,* and Lorraine Beake*
  • James M. Jr., '43* and Marie Rougeaux Bedard, '44*
  • Walter J., '54,* and Jeanne Beecher
  • Rev. Alfred A. Blaeser , 1928*
  • Leonit T.* and Betty J. Bohdanow, '43*
  • Henry J. Borgese*
  • Dr. Henrik Borgstrom and Donna L. DeCarolis
  • Dr. Owen A. Boylan, '56*
  • George T. Brady, '68*
  • Rev. Stephen P. Breen *
  • John W. Brophy, '37*
  • Richard H.* and Jane Brown*
  • Emily Buonavita*
  • Dr. Bernard J. Burke , '39*
  • Rev. Edward J. Burke *
  • Archibald J., 1928,* and Marguerite Cadzow*
  • Rev. Msgr. Angelo M. Caligiuri, '55
  • Elizabeth M. Callahan
  • David G. Cameron, '80
  • Mary Beth Tierney Cameron, '80
  • David N., '63, Hon. 88, and Gay Wind Campbell, '63
  • Bonnie S. Cantara, '66*
  • William P., '67, and Christine Carroll
  • Rev. Thomas A. Casella*
  • Lois Chamberlain*, '81
  • Theresa M. Chiodo, MA '50*
  • John J. Collins, 1923*
  • Janet F. Collins *
  • Dr. Charles R., '54,* and Arlene Collins
  • Rev. Edward A. Colohan*
  • Robert L. Conforto*
  • Dr. Philip T., '42,* and Margaret Cortese*
  • Rev. Msgr. Thomas E. Crane
  • Brian P., '67 and Frances E. Crosby, '67
  • Walter Czapla *
  • Edward J. Daly, '41*
  • Ellen J. Daley, '77
  • Frederick A., '55, and Donna DeJohn
  • Edwina Bennett Denz , '53*
  • Dolly Gay Dewey, '54
  • Lewis S. Dietz, '39*
  • Rev. Michael L. Diskin, '70
  • John Divito, '59*
  • Donald J. Dixous, '59*
  • LTC (Ret) Robert W., '54,* and Effie Donnelly
  • Raymond L. Donoghue, '43*
  • John F. Donohue, '56*
  • Rose Mary Ochs Dorsey*
  • Rev. John P. Duggan *
  • Felicia Dubrovsky*
  • Dr. Francis P. Egan, MS '38*
  • Dr. Irene J. Elia, '53
  • Rev. Msgr. John Endebrock *
  • Rev. Msgr. Herbert Engelhardt, '37*
  • Robert B., '75, Hon. 06, and Lynda Engel
  • Patricia J. Ericksen, '73
  • Henry C. Fadden , '41,* and Natalie Fadden
  • Rev. Msgr. Joseph A. Fadden , '54*
  • Dr. Ross L., '63, and Shirley Fanara
  • LTC Gerald E. Feeney , '56,* and Mary Katherine O'Shea Feeney, '56
  • Rev. Msgr. Vincent J. Ferrando*
  • Joyce E. Fink
  • Debra Finley-Cottone, '75, and Daniel Cottone
  • Dr. James J., '51*, and Patricia Finnerty
  • Edward M., '52*, and Elizabeth Flynn
  • Dr. Robert E., '65* and Marilyn Chandler Ford
  • Philip R., MA '39,* and Naomi Fortune*
  • Norma T. Foster*
  • Paul I. Foster, '38*
  • Lewis E. Foulk*
  • Rev. John J. Fox, '56*
  • Dr. John G. Fraser, '47*
  • Dr. Sherrill A., '64,* and Kathleen Fridmann
  • Dr. Michael J. Fugle Jr., '60*
  • Ms. Norma K. Fulp*
  • Bernard R. Garey, '57
  • Dr. John J. Garrett, '44*
  • Eugene L., '54, and Frances Gazza
  • Jack A., '39, Hon. 94,* and Florence Gellman
  • Renato Giavazzoli *
  • Sue Giavazzoli *
  • Thomas J. Gibbons, '72, and Linda Siple
  • Kenneth R. Glaser, '60
  • John P., '73, and Mary Ellen Miller Gleason
  • Joanne Godfrey, '76*
  • Dr. Sheila A. Gorman, '59
  • Dr. John, '69 and Carol Cole Greene, '69
  • Roberta Kantz, '79, and Mark Gross
  • Jean Hackenheimer*
  • John C. Halloran *
  • Robert J. Halloran, '58*
  • James S. Hart, '69
  • Brian T., '76, and Joanne Hassett
  • Hope M. Hastings, '51*
  • Catherine B. Brinda, '72, and Daniel Hauck, '72
  • Dr. Arthur F. Helin , '36*
  • Florence E. Herrly*
  • Ann Marie Hickey *
  • Robert F. Hille *
  • John A., '71, and Shelley Hochreiter
  • Jeanette Y. Holleran
  • Jeffrey, '82 and Mary Helen Holzschuh, '62
  • John Homik, '47*
  • Dr. John J. Hughes, '67*
  • Edward J. II, '51,* and Olga Jennings
  • Suzanne P. Jones , '69*
  • Marjorie L. Jones*
  • Edward F. Joseph , '40, Hon. 64*
  • F. William, '60,* and Margaret M. Breier Joynt, '62
  • Michael J., MS '60, and Aimee Rusinko Kakos
  • Stephen Kalota, '51*
  • Dr. Michael D. Keem, '72
  • Helen M. Keenan*
  • James F. Kelly, '51*
  • Jessica A. Kemp, '03
  • James L. Kenefick*, '51
  • Edward L. Kennedy, '50*
  • Jeremiah M. Kennedy, '41*
  • LTC Robert G., '62, and Kathleen Kenney
  • John H., '67, and Linda Klass
  • Peter G. Klem Jr., '44*
  • Donald E., '55,* and Judy Kneeland
  • Thomas A. Kolp, '67
  • Helen Konowalski *
  • Alice A. Kozen
  • Dr. Walter Kubiski* and Dr. Bonnie Rose
  • Mary E. LaFave *
  • Senator Benjamin J. Lambert, III* and Carolyn L. Morris Lambert, '62
  • Capt. Rocco L. LaRocca, '39*
  • William C. LaRocque, '69
  • Marie Leary Jr.*
  • William P. Leary Jr., '50, Hon. 85*
  • Rose Bente Lee Ostapenko*
  • Dr. John J. Lehner , '31*
  • Donald R. Leonard, '51*
  • John M. Jr., '73,* and Marilyn Chrzanowski Lojek, MS '75
  • Paul and Joan Lojpersberger
  • Charles R. Macris, '71*
  • William L., '48,* and Leonora Maher
  • Mary M. Mahoney *
  • Gerald S. Malecki, '51*
  • Edward J. Malkiewich, '60*
  • Michael P., '67, and Sharon Morrow Maloney
  • Richard J., '68, and Cathy Manhey
  • Dr. Robert M., '65, and Meredythe Impey Martinez
  • Rev. Walter Matuszak, '54*
  • Ann C. McCall *
  • Robert J. McCarthy , '54*
  • Robert E., '47,* and Barbara McCormack
  • Helen L. McDermott*
  • Arthur S. McDonald *
  • Muriel F. McGinnis*
  • Rev. Msgr. Walter J. McGrane*
  • Rt. Rev. Msgr. J. Lodge McHugh *
  • James P. McMahon, '38*
  • Richard J., 1929,* and Kathryn McManus
  • Donald J., '59,* and Sandra McPhee
  • Gerald C. Mead Jr., Hon, 20
  • Paul D. Meddleton, '65
  • Mary Catharine H. Harney, '89, and Paul Miller
  • Dr. George H., '40, Hon. 85,* and Georgia Milly*
  • Ann O. Oppedisano, '74,* and Richard Moore, '74
  • Eleanor M. Moran*
  • Leslie R. Morris*
  • Benjamin F. Mulderry *
  • Alma Munk*
  • Michael J. Murphy *
  • Hugh B. Murphy, '59*
  • Joseph V. Murphy Jr.*
  • Julia T. Murphy*
  • Patricia Kenslea Murphy, '59*
  • Ernestine J. Neurohr*
  • J. Jerome Nykiel, '74*
  • M. Raymond Jr., '50,* and Marion O'Brien
  • Thomas M., '72, Hon. 09, and Patricia O'Brien
  • Dr. Everett W. Ockerman *
  • Dr. Robert E. O'Connor, '43*
  • Paul E. O'Leary*
  • Rev. Msgr. Eugene E. O'Loughlin *
  • Frances M. O'Malley
  • David J., '83,* and Dona Omanoff
  • Chester J. Jr., '70, and Karen Opalka
  • Salvatore A., '61, and Doreen Pace*
  • Vincent A. Palermo, '55*
  • Loretta Parker *
  • Marvin Parker, '51*
  • Victor L. Persbacker, '42*
  • Michael J. Petrina*
  • John D. Polanski, '50*
  • Marilyn L. Pollutro*
  • Rt. Rev. Msgr. John J. Powers *
  • Arthur M. Powers, MA '57*
  • Richard E. Powers, '37*
  • Dr. Gary D. and Carol Praetzel
  • Lou A. Preziosi, '55*
  • Michael A. Puglisi, '52*
  • Charles M. Quigley , 1928*
  • Kathryn Rafter, '75, and Francey Beall
  • John G. Redmond, '43*
  • Thomas J., '83, and Enid Reiley
  • Edward D., '71, and Julie Riedlinger
  • John F., '58, Hon. 02,* and Judith Riordan
  • Dr. Bonnie F. Rose
  • Mary Ruckel *
  • Richard F. Ruhl, '75
  • Judith Quigley Ruse, '69
  • John F. Ryan, '49*
  • Martha McGrann, '73, and Mark J. Ryan, '72
  • Rosemary Ascherl, '73, and Michael Salamone, '72
  • Rev. Msgr. Edward J. Scanlan, '50
  • Stephen F., '70,* and Maraleigh Schafer
  • Henry J., '56,* and Lucille Schiefer
  • Rev. Msgr. William A. Schwinger, '52*
  • Bruno A., '37, Hon. 58,* and Theresa Scrufari*
  • Msgr. William N. Serado, '40*
  • Margaret A. Shelton, '77
  • Dr. Timothy V., '65, and Virginia Siepel
  • Rev. Msgr. Onofrio R. Smiroldo, '50*
  • Doris M. Gibbs Spencer*
  • Rev. R. Mansfield Starks *
  • Barbara Steinwachs * and Arthur Bechhoefer
  • Dr. Carl J., '32,* and Edith Streicher*
  • Ileane E.* and Harold Suitor
  • Alice M. Sulik, '52
  • Linda and Lawrence J. Sundram, '68
  • Alice V. Swords *
  • Elmer H. Taylor, '43*
  • Most Rev. Donald W. Trautman, '62*
  • Art V. Traver Jr., '69, and Barbara Nagengast Traver, '69*
  • Rev. Joseph C. Trinka, '56*
  • Rev. Louis P. Trotta*
  • Francis E., '48,* and Margaret Tucker
  • Clarence T., '39 and Dorothy M. Ulrich*
  • Rev. Louis A. Vallone, '48*
  • John E. Venuti, '43*
  • Irma Vitalis *
  • Rev. Msgr. Joseph P. Waclawski *
  • Stanley F. Wadell *
  • Rev. Msgr. James E. Wall, '59
  • Thomas H., '42,* and Lucille Wall*
  • Patricia Walos*
  • Sharon Onevelo Watkinson, '66, Ph.D.
  • Charles T. Weber , '42*
  • Josephine C. Welfare*
  • Dr. Reinhardt W., '53,* and Marilyn Wende
  • Alan C., '67, and Kathleen West
  • Isabel B. Walloga, '59,* and Raymond Wood
  • Rev. Joseph R. Wright, MA '62*
  • Dr. Richard Wright, '54 *
  • Rev. Msgr. Rupert A. Wright, '52*
  • Erna I. Wring *
  • Stanley Yelen
  • Dr. Peter C. and Paris P. Yesawich
  • Frank J. Zampatori Jr., '66*
  • Donald F., '60, and Gail Zorn

*Deceased Members

How to Give

Not only do you have options for how your gift will be used, you also have options on what to give and how to give. There are gifts that cost you nothing now, gifts that pay you income, and gifts that allow you to decide when NU receives your givt.

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Gifts of Stock
Appreciated Stock

When you donate appreciated stocks, bonds, or mutual fund shares instead of cash, you'll receive charitable deductions at full, fair market value while reducing capital gains impact.

Donor-Advised Funds
Beneficiary Designation and Grants

Designate NU as a beneficiary to receive all or a portion of the balance of your Donor-Advised Fund (DAF) through your fund administrator. You also can make a grant to us at any time from your donor-advised fund.

Charitable IRA Rollover
Charitable IRA Rollover

If you're 70 ½ or older, you can make a gift directly from your IRA to NU . While there is no charitable deduction for a rollover gift, you do avoid the income tax on the donated portion of your required minimum distribution if you are 72 (70 ½ before January 1, 2020) or older.

Gifts From Your Will
General Bequest

The most common planned gift is simple to make! A provision in your will or trust can provide a future gift to Niagara University and make no impact in your current spending or lifestyle.

Beneficiary Gifts
Retirement Accounts

Naming Niagara University as the beneficiary of a qualified retirement plan asset such as a 401(k), 403(b), IRA, Keogh, profit-sharing pension plan or donor-advised funds, will accomplish a charitable goal while realizing significant tax savings.

Gifts of Life Insurance
Beneficiary Designation and Paid-Up Policies

Name Niagara University as the beneficiary of an existing life insurance policy; donate an existing, paid-up life insurance policy you no longer need; or purchase a new life insurance policy and name Niagara University as the owner and beneficiary.

Gifts That Pay You
Charitable Gift Annuity

You can turn underperforming assets (stock, cash in a savings account, CDs, savings bonds, etc.) into a gift to NU that provides income to you. Your Charitable Gift Annuity will give you quarterly, fixed payments for life and tax benefits, too.

Meet Our Donors

Donors just like you have made a real impact by adding just a few words.

Contact Us

Marilyn Koren
Office of Planned Giving

mkoren@niagara.edu
716.286.8791

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Let us know how we can help you include Niagara University in your estate plans. Discussing your charitable giving intentions with us will ensure that your gift is used just as you wish.

How to Make an Estate Gift

Click below for directions on how to make an estate gift and sample language for including Niagara University in your will or trust.

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