Frequently Asked Questions

We encourage you to learn more about this campaign and discover all the ways that you can make a meaningful contribution. Please feel free to contact us if you need more information.

Can I specify how my gift will be used?

Yes. When you give to UB, you can designate your gift for a specific school, scholarship or program, or provide it as unrestricted funds. You decide how to make a difference.

Do small gifts really make a difference?

Yes! Every gift, no matter the dollar amount, is important. Last year, gifts of $100 or less added up to nearly $500,000 in support to UB.

Is my gift tax deductible?

Yes. Your gift is 100% tax deductible.

Should I give to the campaign, the UB Fund or another initiative?

How you choose to invest in UB depends on your personal goals. Giving to the Boldly Buffalo campaign will help us achieve our top forward-focused priorities—transforming our students, empowering our faculty and improving our world. Giving to the UB Fund provides immediate support for students.

Is my gift confidential?

Rest assured that all information about UB donors is handled with respect and confidentiality to the extent provided by the law.

If I have matching dollars, how do I use them?

On the giving form, please select the option for “Employer Matching Funds.” If you are an employer interested in matching your employees’ gifts, please contact:

What if I represent a corporation or foundation?

To learn more about opportunities to get involved—including offering matching gifts as an employer—please contact:

How can UB faculty and staff support the campaign?

UB faculty and staff can help the campaign succeed by sharing news about UB and following us on social media. Faculty and staff may also choose to support UB by making a gift to their schools, their units or to the UB Fund. Gifts from faculty and staff show support starts right here.

What is the campaign goal?

Our goal is to raise $650 million.

Why is this campaign needed now?

UB is already one of the world’s leading universities. Philanthropy will make us even greater by allowing us to provide more scholarships, more support for faculty and more world-changing initiatives. Given everything that is happening at UB and throughout the Buffalo-Niagara region, we believe that right now is the perfect time for us to be bold and take this next step together.

What is the campaign timeframe?

We started counting gifts for the campaign on July 1, 2013. The campaign formally launched on April 30, 2018.

When was UB’s last campaign?

UB’s last comprehensive campaign was the Generation to Generation Campaign, which concluded in 2003 and raised nearly $300 million. Since then, UB has started (and in some cases concluded) several initiative-based campaigns, including the Time is Now Campaign for the School of Law, the Build the Vision Campaign for the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and building campaigns for the schools of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

How can I get involved or volunteer?

Please visit the Bold Impact page of this website to learn how you can help support the campaign.

Can I invest in UB through my will or estate plan?

Yes. Many people choose to invest by including a gift to UB in their will or estate plan, or by naming the university as a beneficiary of a retirement account. To learn more about how a legacy gift can make an impact, contact Wendy Irving.

How else can I support the campaign, other than investing money?

There are many ways to make a gift to UB, which include using stock and other appreciated assets, retirement accounts, and legacy gifts through your will or estate plan. To learn more about these options, contact Wendy Irving.