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The Stony Brook University Advancement ​Department connects and builds ​relationships with ​friends, foundations, corporations and alumni ​to raise funds ​for the University, Stony Brook Medicine, the NY State Veterans Home and related funding priorities that advance the University's mission. ​

Under the leadership of Senior Vice President Dexter A. Bailey, who also serves as Executive Director of the Stony Brook Foundation, University Advancement has generated more than $542 million in private donations from friends, corporations, foundations, faculty and staff, and alumni.

Advancement is composed of ​these major areas:

  • Advancement Services​:​ ​Responsible for Advancement related operations including technology management, prospect research and donor relations. Contact

  • Advancement Communications: Creates the tools and messaging that help persuade friends and alumni to invest in Stony Brook. Contact

  • Alumni Relations:  Connects and involves alumni, students and parents with the University and each other,​ and advises and oversees the Stony Brook Alumni Association. Contact

  • Development: Comprises all frontline fundraising activity by leadership and major gift, the Annual Fund, Planned Giving, and Foundation ​and Corporate ​Relations​. Contact

  • Special Events:  Manages Advancement initiated events on and off campus that seek to engage, cultivate and steward fundraising prospects and donors. Contact

In 2014, Stony Brook’s University Advancement Department was recognized as "most improved" and "best overall" in fundraising by the Council for Advancement of Education (CASE).

Advancement’s 2013 Annual Report to Donors " Powerful Momentum" won a CASE award as well as a silver ARC, the world’s largest international competition honoring excellence in annual reports.   

Many on the Advancement staff have presented at industry conferences and are considered thought leaders in today’s dynamic higher education and medicine fundraising professions.

University Advancement is located in the Stony Brook University Administration Building, Room 330. A complete directory of all University Advancement staff is here.

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