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Today is the day! Every April we host our annual Giving Day – and the Canisius community gathers and pays it forward by investing in the areas of campus that mean the most to them. Today, things are a bit different.

In lieu of our traditional Giving Day, we are launching a special campaign today for the entire Canisius family to rally around. Gifts made today to the Emergency Relief Fund will help to address the most urgent needs of Canisius and our students during this challenging time.

Here’s how you can participate:

  • If you are able, make a gift to the Emergency Relief Fund at
  • Gather with the Canisius family virtually and share words of inspiration or a thoughtful message for students. Pair your message with a photo in your Griffs gear, a throwback image, or video message. Just be sure to include #Griffs4Griffs!
  • Share this special campaign with alumni, friends and colleagues you think would be interested. You can use the social share buttons on the left-hand side of the campaign page – – to share to your personal social media.

We encourage you to watch this special video, which highlights how Canisius has instilled in its students – and all of us – the values of service and solidarity.  This video is also on the college’s social media channels, so please consider sharing to your own social media platforms to help spread the word about this important initiative.

Please reach out to the Canisius Fund Office with any questions at or Ext. 2712. We continue to be thinking of you all during this difficult time.

Submitted by: Summer Handzlik, director, Canisius Fund