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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 Long Island State Veterans Home and related funding priorities that advance the University's mission.

In 2018, University Advancement completed the largest fundraising campaign in SUNY history. The Campaign for Stony Brook raised $630.7 million in private donations from 47,961 friends, corporations, foundations, faculty, 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

Stony Brook University’s Advancement division goes far beyond its own campus in sharing best practices with other institutions in the region and nationally. And we’ve been recognized for it.

In 2018-19, the division was lauded for its innovative work by SUNY Council of University Advancement Directors (SUNYCUAD), garnering four awards of excellence for alumni relations, events, social media campaigns and senior class giving.

Highlighting the division’s sustained growth and innovation, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) recognized Stony Brook University’s “exemplary development program” with its prestigious 2020 Educational Fundraising Award.

The division has also earned awards of excellence for annual giving and events, and recently earned the Gold award from CASE District II region for its groundbreaking work on digital advertising.

Many individuals on the Advancement staff have presented at industry conferences and are considered thought leaders in today’s dynamic higher education and medicine fundraising professions. In just the past two years, team members have been invited to present best practices at conferences held by CASE, SUNYCUAD, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Association of Governing Boards, Northeast Annual Giving Conference, and National Association of Cancer Center Development Officers.

Stony Brook Honored by CASE for Fundraising Excellence.

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