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In this bustling world, it’s tough to find time to stop, to think, to explore an idea to its very core. At Canisius, it’s required. Our academic approach is firmly rooted in Ignatian contemplation. Our students don’t just explore a variety of subjects; they think deeply about individual ideas. They are challenged to reflect, to think from new perspectives and discover new abilities. They affirm their beliefs and values. They work with purpose and prepare for fulfilling lives. So by the time they graduate, they have the knowledge, network, ethical grounding and curiosity to take on the opportunities that lie ahead. This type of educational experience – one that inspires students in the Jesuit tradition to become the people the world needs them to be – is not possible without key philanthropic partners. Fortunately, Canisius is able to rely on the generosity of an exceptionally committed group of supporters – the Leadership Society. Without the much needed financial assistance of our Leadership Society members, the college could not provide the tuition assistance, academic programs and student initiatives that support the Canisius mission. As a result, the Leadership Society provides something even greater – a Canisius education and the lifetime of opportunity that comes with it.


Rebecca Papaj ‘14

“ I cannot thank the school and alumni enough for their generous gifts to help me afford Canisius. Last summer I went to a leadership conference in Texas with Deloitte and to one in Chicago with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Those experiences were amazing and set me up for my internship this summer.”

Jesse Fodero ‘13

Leadership Society members give students the opportunity to experience a Canisius education and to graduate with confidence in their ability to make a difference in the world. Learn more about the impact of Leadership Society gifts at

“ Without the scholarship I received, I wouldn’t have been able to come to Canisius. It took the pressure off and allowed me to focus on my studies. I plan to go to medical school and become a physician.”


As our most committed annual donors, the Leadership Society helps us provide students with a Canisius education and the lifetime of opportunity that comes with it.

Chairman’s Circle - $25,000 or more 1870 Founder’s Club - $10,000 - $24,999 Peter Canisius Fellow - $5,000 - $9,999 President’s Council Benefactor - $2,500 - $4,999 President’s Council Member - $1,000 - $2,499

Young Alumni – Annual gift levels vary according to year of undergraduate graduation. Class of 2012 - 2013 - $100 Class of 2009 - 2011 - $250 Class of 2005 - 2008 - $500 Class of 2003 - 2004 - $750 Annual membership at any level may be paid monthly. For example, $1,000 is a monthly payment of $83.33.

 Benefits

As a member of the Leadership Society, you receive special communications and premier seating at college events. You are a Canisius insider with opportunities for involvement. You have exclusive access to college resources. These are just a few ways we’d like to thank you for your role in giving our students a lifetime of opportunity.

Exclusive news about important college developments

Invitation to annual Leadership Society reception and special regional events

Opportunities to meet other alumni and community leaders who share a similar passion and commitment for Canisius Complimentary tickets to select men’s and women’s basketball games Complimentary tickets to our annual ArtsCanisius “Buffalo Philharmonic On Campus” concert and invitation to member-only pre-concert reception Discount at the Canisius College Bookstore

Discounted membership to the Koessler Athletic Center Fitness Facilities Discounted rate to audit classes Access to the Bouwhuis Library Preferred campus parking Prominent listing in donor publications For more information on using these benefits, visit

Lifetime of Leadership  
Lifetime of Leadership