Donor Recognition

Canisius University’s giving societies recognize the remarkable impact our generous donors make in transforming our students and university. We are honored to acknowledge donors at various levels of support through the societies below. 

Magis Giving Circle

The Magis Giving Circle recognizes donors who support Canisius University with an annual gift at one of the following levels:

Chairman's Circle - $25,000 and above
1870 Founder's Club - $10,000 - $24,999
Peter Canisius Fellow - $5,000 - $9,999

Leadership Society

The Leadership Society recognizes donors who support the university with an annual gift at one of the following levels:

President's Council Benefactor - $2,500 - $4,999
President's Council Member - $1,000 - $2,499

Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) Leadership Society

Young Alumni Leadership Society

The Young Alumni Leadership Society recognizes the generosity and dedication of alumni who graduated within the past 10 years with gifts at the following levels:

Griffin GOLD Leadership Level - $250 or $20/month
Blue & Gold GOLD Leadership Level - $500 or $40/month
Ad Majorem GOLD Leadership Level - $1,000 or $50/month

The Rev. James M. Demske '47, S.J. Society

The Rev. James M. Demske '47, S.J. Society recognizes those who include the university in their estate plans.

Sesquicentennial Society 

In honor of our 150th anniversary, we have established the Sesquicentennial Society. This society recognizes individuals who make a philanthropic commitment of $150,000 +. This community of leaders serves as a beacon for others to step forward and help keep Canisius strong for future generations. 

If you would like to learn more about any of our recognition societies please call the Office of Advancement at (716) 888-2712. To make a gift, visit