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Council Oak - Leadership Giving

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For information on how you can join the Council Oak Society, call the Office of Development at 585-389-2415 or at

A Society for Today's Visionaries

The College’s founders, five visionary women who understood the need for better access to higher education, turned dreams into reality for thousands of students by placing a college degree within reach. In honor of those early leaders – and all who followed – Nazareth invites you to become a member of the Council Oak Society, recognizing, as our founders did, the impact today’s support will have on tomorrow’s scholars. With a gift of $1,000 or more to the Nazareth Fund, your support will go to where the need is greatest: adding student scholarships, attracting qualified faculty, enhancing curriculum, improving library services, keeping pace with technology, and upgrading campus facilities.

Benefiting College and Community

Your gifts will span generations and impact our priorities: add student scholarships, attract qualified faculty, enhance curriculum, improve library services, keep pace with technology, and upgrade campus facilities.

Testimonials from Council Oak Society members

Jean Hubsch '68Jean Gramkee Hubsch '68

"I decided to give back to Nazareth because I was so grateful for the scholarship support I received as a student. I graduated with a B.S. in biology and a minor in chemistry and had a job waiting for me as an analytical chemist at a pharmaceutical company. This certainly would not have happened without scholarship support from the College."

  • Did you know that 97 percent of Nazareth undergraduates receive some form of financial aid?
Catherine BookeyCatherine Bookey '73 and her
niece Maura Whitman '11

Catherine Bookey '73

"I am a leadership donor because Nazareth provided the career preparation I needed and contributed to my personal development as well. Experiences such as exploring art classes, living in the French House, taking yoga, learning how to meditate, and volunteering at a settlement house in the city—all expanded who I am as a person today."

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To share your story and reasons for giving, or for information on how you can join the Council Oak Society, call the Office of Development at 585-389-2415 or email us at

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Last fiscal year, over 300 Council Oak Society members contributed $2,725,000 to Nazareth College.

Here are some of the ways your support helped our students:

As a society member, you earn a place at select campus events, receive recognition both on campus and in our publications, and are kept up-to-date on milestones and plans at the College.

Join us at one of these giving levels, named to honor Nazareth’s founders:

  • O'Connor Circle: $25,000 and above
  • Smyth Circle: $10,000 - $24,999
  • Carroll Circle: $5,000-$9,999
  • Lyons Circle: $2,500-$4,999
  • Breen Circle: $1,000-$2,499


GOLD - Graduates of the Last Decade

GOLD alumni have a special opportunity to become Council Oak Society members. Instead of the $1,000 gift usually required, GOLD can join the Council Oak Society by giving $250 for 1-5 years and $500 for 6-10 year afters their graduation date. This applies to both undergraduate and graduate alumni.


Matching Gifts

Your leadership gift can potentially be doubled (or more) by a matching gift from your employer.

Search for your company to see if you qualify for a matching gift >>

If your company will match your gift to Nazareth College please fill out your company's matching gift form and mail it to:

  • Nazareth College
    Development Office
    4245 East Avenue
    Rochester, NY 14618-3790
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