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SAVE-THE-DATE: #CanisiusGiving Day is Wednesday, April 6!

Started in 2016, this annual 24-hour celebration of giving is an opportunity for the Canisius community  – alumni, friends, students, parents and faculty & staff – to rally together, celebrate the spirit of the blue & gold and unite in giving back to support the areas of Canisius we all love.  Stay tuned for future announcements leading up to Giving Day as this year’s celebration is going to be the biggest yet!

Submitted by: Summer Handzlik, Sr. Director, Annual Giving & Stewardship


A Gift for You

As we celebrate the season of joy, gratitude and reflection, we THANK YOU for being a faithful member of our giving community.

The collective generosity of faculty and staff donors provides essential funding for scholarships and tuition assistance, academic and athletic excellence and programs that animate our Jesuit educational mission.

As a small token of our appreciation, we would like to gift each faculty and staff donor with a Canisius branded reusable shopping bag (pictured). Our hope was to hand deliver this gift and personally thank each of you but due to unforeseen circumstances we were only able to deliver a limited number of bags. As such, if you have not already received your bag, you can pick one up from the Canisius Fund Office, located on the second floor of Lyons Hall, any time Monday – Friday. This special gift is for faculty and staff who made a gift last academic year, on #CanisusGivingDay or during this year’s 2021-22 campaign.

Thank you so much for all that you do on behalf of Canisius and our students. You are truly wonderful!

If you have not yet made a gift and would like to, you can do so by visiting

Submitted by: Summer Handzlik, senior director, Annual Giving & Stewardship

Participate in the Minehan Magis Challenge!

Magis, from the Latin term “more,” is a Jesuit principle that invites us to do more, be more and achieve more for the greater glory of God.

Patrick C. Minehan ’50, MS ’52, embodied this Jesuit ideal.

A humble individual and long-time educator, he was an generous benefactor of the college, having supported students philanthropically beginning in 1975, when he made his first of 49 leadership gifts to alma mater.  When thanked for his giving spirit and outpouring of support, he responded, “Money well spent.”

Minehan placed a high value on education and that spirit has become his legacy.

Thanks to a very generous gift made possible through Pat Minehan’s estate, new and increased gifts to the Canisius Fund – the area of greatest need – will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, up to $500,000 during the 2021-22 annual campaign, which concludes on May 31, 2022.

By giving more, you help our students be more and do more on behalf of others, in the same way Minehan has inspired us with his continued support of Canisius.

You can participate in the Minehan Magis Challenge by designating a gift amount to be withdrawn from your paycheck through payroll deduction. If interested, visit to set up your payroll deduction gift. If you prefer not to give via payroll deduction, you can make a one-time gift at

Submitted by: Summer Handzlik, Sr. director, Annual Giving & Stewardship



Sandy A. Miller Awarded George M. Martin Award

The Canisius College Division of Institutional Advancement presented Sandy Miller, senior director of corporate, foundation and government relations, with the George M. Martin Advancement Award on Wednesday, August 18 during the division’s annual celebration.

Established in 1983 by the late George M. Martin, then executive vice president for administrative affairs at Canisius, the Martin Award is presented annually to a member of the college’s institutional advancement staff whose initiative, creativity and teamwork brings distinction to him/herself and the college.

The Institutional Advancement team celebrated with a Buffalo Double Decker Bus Tour showcasing the best of Buffalo, followed by lunch at Pearl Street Grill & Brewery where Sandy was honored for her outstanding performance last fiscal year.

Congratulations, Sandy!

Submitted by: Institutional Advancement