Ways to Give


Online giving is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is accessible from anywhere in the world.

Give online using our secure gift form.

By Mail

You can mail a check, money order, or completed pledge form with credit card information to:

Utica University
Office of Advancement
1600 Burrstone Road
Utica, NY 13502

The University accepts checks from U.S. and international banks as well as American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa. Tax receipts for gifts of cash, check, or credit card are issued within 48 hours of receipt.

By Phone

Call us toll-free at 1-800-456-8278 Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET.

Stock and Securities

Gifts of stock afford donors an opportunity to avoid capital gains taxes by transferring ownership of personally held stock to Utica University. Since Utica University is an educational institution, all stock gifts are liquidated upon receipt. Gifts of stock receive a tax-receipt that is generated usually within 24 hours of the stock sale. The value of the stock gift is based on the average of the high and low on the date of sale.


Planned Gifts

Bequests, life income gifts, charitable lead trusts, IRA rollover gifts, and other options can be beneficial for you and Utica University. Contact our planned giving team for information about the Heritage Society and planned giving options.

Phone: (315) 792-3489
Email: tnelson@utica.edu


Matching Gifts

Your employer may match your gift to Utica, providing a way for donors to have an even greater impact on students at Utica University. Many corporations will match the gifts of current or retired employees as well as spouses of employees and people holding positions on their board of directors.


Our Team

Jacob T Bryant, B.P.S.

Jacob T Bryant, B.P.S.

Regional Development Officer

Jake’s primary responsibility is cultivating meaningful relationships with constituents to advance Utica’s mission. He frequently travels to meet with alumni, parents, and friends of the institution to solicit Pioneer Society support. He also serves as the annual giving strategist, overseeing all annual giving programming, including, solicitations, Give Day, and faculty & staff campaigns. 


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Wendy Lockwood

Grants Coordinator

Wendy coordinates our grants.


Ciara Parrish

Ciara Parrish '04

Assistant Director of Alumni & Student Engagement

Ciara is the coordinator of the Alumni Leaders of Tomorrow (A LOT) program and the senior class gift effort. She is also responsible for young alumni engagement.


George Nehme

George Nehme

Senior Advisor to the President and Board of Trustees for Strategy and Philanthropy

George is responsible for advising the President of Utica University and its Board of Trustees on a variety of matters related to strategic giving and philanthropy.


Amy Lindner

Amy Lindner

Vice President for Advancement

Amy manages the University’s institutional and faculty grant seeking activity and is the government relations officer for the University. Amy oversees Annual Support Programs, Advancement Services, and University Events and Conference Programs.


Ashlea Schad

Ashlea Schad

Assistant Vice President for Advancement

Ashlea develops and implements strategic and comprehensive programs to increase constituent engagement and philanthropic support of Utica University. She oversees and manages the regional alumni network, donor relations and stewardship, athletic sponsorship, career mentor, and annual leadership support programs.


Tim Nelson

Tim Nelson

Associate Vice President of Advancement

Now in his 23rd year at Utica University, Tim Nelson oversees the major, principal and planned gift program for the Office of Advancement.  In addition, Tim serves as the Regional Advancement Officer for the state of Florida and oversees the senior development officer.


Nick Accordino

Nicholas Accordino

Senior Development Officer

Nick supports the efforts of the major, principal, and planned giving team by helping alumni and friends make transformational gifts to support Utica students. In addition, Nick serves as the Regional Advancement Officer for the metro New York area.


Meredith Lopata

Meredith Lopata

Project Manager/
Senior Administrative Assistant

Meredith manages office-wide projects, supports the Board’s Committee on Advancement, Marketing, and Enrollment, supports the Athletic Sponsorship program, and provides administrative assistance to the Vice President of Advancement.


Kimberly Suriano

Kim Suriano

Director of Advancement Services

Kim records all gifts and pledges to make sure donations are used as donors intend and provides acknowledgement letters to all donors who make a charitable contribution. Kim also maintains the alumni database.


Melissa Foote

Melissa Foote

Advancement Research Specialist

Melissa manages all functions of research including, constituent wealth screens, moves management, contact reports, and is responsible for external reporting. In addition, Melissa staffs the Trustee Subcommittee.


Tracy Pratt

Tracy Pratt

Associate Director of Donor Relations & Stewardship

Tracy plans and executes all Advancement events and collaborates with key stakeholders to develop event plans and communication strategies to increase constituent attendance.


Nichole Masters

Nichole Masters

Administrative Assistant

Nichole provides overall support services for the Offices of Advancement and Marketing and Communications.