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How Is My Gift Spent?

The goal of the Stony Brook Foundation is to maximize the value delivered to the University.  By reducing administrative expenses wherever possible and optimizing organizational efficiencies, the Foundation is able to make millions of dollars available to the University every year.

Many donors make gifts for discretionary (i.e., unrestricted) use, thus enabling the University President and Deans to invest in programs and priorities of strategic importance to the University's future.

Other gifts are made to support specific programs, while other gifts are used to establish permanently endowed funds. In the case of endowments, the gift is permanently invested, and the investment earnings are used to support the purpose of the gift in perpetuity.

Regardless of the purpose or amount, each gift received by the Foundation is carefully processed to ensure that the donor's wishes are honored and that the University receives the maximum benefit. The Foundation takes very seriously its role as steward of these critically important gift funds. Learn more about the Foundation's financials.

If you have questions about use of your gift, please contact our Donor Relations staff:

Gerard DeFoe
Manager of Donor Relations and Stewardship
(631) 632-4324