The University wishes every member of the Fordham family a Merry Christmas and a holiday season full of love, light, and the blessings of family and friends, faith, and hope for the future. This year you can share those blessings by giving the gift of a Fordham education to promising students by donating to the Financial Aid Campaign.

St. Ignatius said his schools should be “for everybody, poor and rich.” Unfortunately, our need is always greater than our resources—scholarship endowment covers less than 7 percent of Fordham’s scholarship budget. Giving to this campaign helps ensure that deserving students who might otherwise not afford a Fordham education can receive one.

Though the University is closed for the Christmas and New Year’s holiday break, development staff will be in the office on Tuesday, December 29, Wednesday, December 30, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; and on Thursday, December 31, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

You may make a gift online prior to midnight on December 31, to ensure that your gift is tax deductible for the 2015 calendar year. For assistance with making a gift to the University, contact the Office of Development at: (212) 636-6550 or [email protected].

This week President Obama signed a bill making permanent a 2014 law that allows people age 70.5 years and older to transfer up to $100,000 from their IRA account to Fordham and other qualified public charities. Such transfers will not be considered taxable income. For more information, please see Planned Giving on the web, or contact Jackie Comesanas, senior director of gift planning, at: (212) 636-7244 or [email protected].

For more information about giving, go to Ways to Give.

It is our sincere hope that the coming year will be one of love, fulfillment, prosperity, and joy for you and your families.


Bob Howe | Senior Director of Communications Office (212) 636-6538 | Mobile (646) 228-4375