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"Standing with the finest in the country ..."
In 1960, Governor Nelson Rockefeller and the State Board of Regents challenged the leaders of Stony Brook to build a university that would "stand with the finest in the country." In less than 50 years and on land donated, in part, by local philanthropist Ward Melville, what has emerged is a university that has become one of America's greatest educational success stories. Every day, the Stony Brook story is revitalized through its ambitious and talented students, superb faculty, and bold teaching and research programs. By several measures, Stony Brook has met and exceeded Governor Rockefeller's challenge. But we have only just begun.

Sustaining Stony Brook's remarkable trajectory requires the active participation and philanthropic investment of our alumni and friends, corporations, and foundations who share Rockefeller's and Melville's passion, vision, and spirit of generosity towards the future of this great institution. 

Giving to Stony Brook
Every gift matters. Regardless of the amount, each and every contribution the Stony Brook Foundation (SBF) is important to the future of Stony Brook University and its critical mission of teaching, research, and service to society. 

Whether your passion is student scholarships, theoretical physics, cancer research, or enhancing library collections, a gift to Stony Brook is a meaningful investment in creating a better future.  Your gift may be designated for current use or placed into an endowed fund. Either way, you can trust that your gift will be used most effectively and in a manner consistent with your wishes. That is our promise to you.

The Stony Brook Foundation, a separately governed, 501(c)(3) charitable organization, exists to accept and manage private contributions for the benefit of Stony Brook University, including the Stony Brook University Medical Center, the Long Island State Veterans Home, and Stony Brook Southampton.

Gifts may be made through an outright contribution of cash, securities, real estate or other real or personal property, as well as through estate gifts such as bequests and trusts and life income gifts such as charitable gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts. We also welcome your pledge. Pledges of more than $5,000 may be fulfilled over a multi-year period (up to five years).