Giving FAQ

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Can I give online?

Yes, using the Newhouse School’s secure, online giving form. All major credit cards are accepted, and you can even set up a recurring donation schedule. Once you submit your gift, you will be directed to a confirmation page, which you can print. You will also receive a confirmation email.

Are my gifts tax-deductible?

Yes. Syracuse University is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as a 501(c)(3) entity. Outright gifts, bequests, transfers and other gifts are deductible for federal estate and tax gift purposes if they meet the applicable provisions of the IRS Code.

Can I make a gift in installments?

Yes. Larger gifts can be broken up into pledge payments that can be made over time (not to exceed five years), enabling you to accomplish your philanthropic goals conveniently. Please contact Carol Satchwell at to structure a gift agreement that works for you.

Can I give a gift to honor or memorialize someone?

Memorial scholarships and similar gifts are frequently given in the name of a significant person or group. These gifts are a powerful way to honor your past and make an impact on the future at the same time. Please contact Carol Satchwell at for assistance with this process.

Ways to Give

There are many ways to give to the Newhouse School.

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Gifts of Cash

This is the most common and easiest way to make an outright charitable contribution. You can give online or mail your gift to:

Jodie M. Ralston
Executive Director, Advancement Services
Advancement and External Affairs
Syracuse University
640 Skytop Road, Room 240
Syracuse, NY 13244-5160

Gifts of Appreciated Securities

Stocks or other appreciated assets donated to Syracuse University can qualify you for an income tax deduction and potentially spare you capital gains taxes.

Bequest Gift

Leaving a gift in your will is the simplest way to make a larger gift. It works for most donors—single or married, childfree or multi-generational, wealthy or not. 

Life Insurance

If you are holding a paid-up life insurance policy, but may not need the proceeds, making Syracuse University and the Newhouse School a beneficiary is a good way to give without affecting your current cash flow. You would have the flexibility to change your beneficiary designation later if circumstances change.

Retirement Plan Assets

This works well for a donor who does not need the additional income and wants to avoid the “double taxation” on the minimum required distribution (MRD). You would maximize your heirs’ inheritance by donating a highly-taxed asset.

To discuss these giving options and other gift planning vehicles including real estate or personal property, contact Carol Satchwell, assistant dean for advancement at or 315-443-5281.

Where to Give

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Newhouse Dean’s Fund

From a day-to-day perspective, the most important gifts received are unrestricted gifts to be used at the Dean’s discretion for critical needs. Supporting the Dean’s Fund will:

Newhouse Supported Scholarship Fund

Gifts to this fund provide academic scholarships to deserving students who would otherwise be unable to afford a Newhouse education.

Other Giving Options

Frequently, annual donors wish to leave a legacy by adding to their annual giving. There are several ways donors make a significant impact upon the school and our students:

WAER Alumni Fund

Gifts to the WAER Alumni Fund enable us to provide the best resources and opportunities for training student journalists.

Supporting WAER’s Alumni Fund will:

  • Fund travel for away games, enabling students to broadcast in the field during Syracuse University Men’s Basketball, Lacrosse and Football games. Reimbursement for student local travel and out-of-pocket expenses.
  • Support cutting-edge facilities and provide opportunities for students to develop their skills in the ever changing field of multi-media journalism.  
  • Provide funding for expanded programming and production services, to meet student’s needs and for engineering support.

Establish a Named Scholarship

When you help increase student scholarship support, you give students a head-start in post-college life by reducing the burden of student loan repayments. You can make a Newhouse education affordable to deserving students in a number of ways:

Support a Newhouse Academic Program or Center

You may wish to support a specific Newhouse academic program or center, such as the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture and the Tully Center For Free Speech. All such programs and centers are in need of ongoing support.

TV screens at the Bleier Center
The Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture hosts an extensive archive of physical media and technology.

If you are interested in exploring these or other gift designations, please contact Carol Satchwell, assistant dean for advancement, at or 315-443-5281.

Forever Orange: The Campaign for Syracuse University

This comprehensive campaign to raise $1.5 billion in private philanthropy from Syracuse University alumni, parents, corporate partners and friends will further advance academic excellence, provide an unparalleled student experience and create unique learning opportunities that leverage our distinctive strengths and impact our world in extraordinary ways.

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The Campaign seeks to attract 125,000 unique donors, and to double the proportion of alumni who are actively engaged with Syracuse University.

Newhouse goal: $105 million


The roots of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications can be traced back 100 years, to the founding of the Department of Journalism at Syracuse University in 1919. Since then, Newhouse has grown to become the most comprehensive school of communication in the country—and, many would argue, the best.

Chancellor William P. Tolley, Mitzi and Samuel I. Newhouse, President Lyndon B. Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson at the Syracuse airport on the day of the Newhouse 1 dedication in 1964.
Chancellor William P. Tolley, Mitzi and Samuel I. Newhouse, President Lyndon B. Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson at the Syracuse airport on the day of the Newhouse 1 dedication in 1964.

But the communications industry is in flux, as old business models collapse and new technologies transform everything we do. Though it can feel like a precarious time for our professions, it is actually a time of great potential, as we reimagine the future of communications and train our students to face and embrace this new era as innovators and leaders.

At the Newhouse School, we provide our students with access to the best possible tools, technologies and opportunities, even as we provide them with a solid foundation in the fundamentals: storytelling, critical thinking, ethics, scholarship and a commitment to the First Amendment and the role of the free press in our democracy. The result of our efforts can best be seen in our extensive network of loyal, accomplished alumni and friends, whose support has been the cornerstone of our continued success.

Our Priorities

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Unparalleled Student Experience

Academic Excellence

Newhouse 2 at night

Unique Learning Opportunities

Reimagining Journalism

Our Plan

Show the world what a Newhouse School education can do.


For more information about our priorities and giving opportunities and to get involved, contact Carol Satchwell, assistant dean for advancement, at or 315-443-5281.

Advisory Board

The Newhouse Advisory Board supports the dean, faculty and staff in their efforts to make Newhouse the country’s leading institution for education and research in communications.

Active Members

Barry Baker ’73
Senior Advisor, Lee Equity

Angela R. Bundrant ’89
Head of Brand and Business Development, Purple Strategies

Neil I. Canell
Managing Director, J.P. Morgan

Deborah B. Curtis ’90
CMO, On Location Experiences

Brian A. Edelman ’03

Andrea Fant-Hobbs ’82
Chief Brand Officer, Brand Strategy, Development and Innovation LLC

Shelly Lotman Fisher ’80
CEO, Pay It Forward Group LLC

Eric D. Frankel ’79
CEO, AdGreetz

Joyce Tudryn Friberger ’81
President and CEO, IRTS Foundation

Steven Fuchs ’79
CEO, True North Inc.

Nicholas B. Godfrey ’02

Kristina Hahn ’98
Director of Global Sellside Strategy and Operations, Google

Deborah A. Henretta ’85
Partner and Vice Chairman, G100 Company

Joyce Hergenhan ’63
Retired Vice President, Communications, General Electric

Peter A. Horvitz ’76
President, PAH Investments LLC

Beth Ann Kaminkow ’89
Global CEO, VMLY&R Commerce

Keith Kaplan ’91
Global CEO, Kinetic Worldwide

Lawrence S. Kramer ’72
Board of Directors, Advance Local
Senior Adviser, Advance

Michael Lehman 
Partner/Attorney, Lehman and Lehman LLP

Robert W. Lewis ’84
Senior Director of Multi-Format Production, Dow Jones/The Wall Street Journal

Christopher A. Licht ’93
Former CEO, CNN Global

Gary T. Lico ’76
Proprietor, GARYLICO.TV

Robert R. Light ’78
Head of Music Department, Partner and Managing Director, Creative Artists Agency

L. Camille Massey ’87
Founding Executive Director, Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice, The City University of New York School of Law

Sandra Cordova Micek ’91
President and CEO, WTTW/WFMT

John Douglas Miller ’72
Retired Chair, NBCUniversal Marketing Council

Robert J. Miron ’59
Retired Chairman and CEO, Advance/Newhouse Communications

Eric Mower ’66, G’68
Chairman and CEO, Mower

Jack C. Myers ’69
Chairman, MediaVillage

Philip Nardone Jr. ’82
President and CEO, PAN Communications Inc.

Tonia O’Connor ’92
Independent Board Director

Michael S. Perlis ’76
President and CEO, Forbes Media

Bruce Perlmutter ’81
Content Strategy, Showrunner, Amazon

Melissa Richards-Person ’89
CMO and Vital Brand Builder, Third Arm Consulting

Angela Y. Robinson ’78
Director of Operations, National Association of Black Journalists

Douglas Robinson ’85
Principal, Doug Robinson Productions

Gary C. Schanman ’92
Executive Vice President and Group President, Sling TV

Seth Solomons ’91
CEO, Eastlake Advisory Group

Shari Misher Stenzler ’92
Owner and Founder, London Misher Public Relations

Charles W. Stevens ’77
Adjunct Associate Professor, Columbia University Graduate
School of Journalism

John L. Sykes ’77
President, Entertainment Enterprises, iHeartMedia

Michael T. Tirico ’88
Sportscaster, NBC Sports

Luis C. Torres-Bohl ’82, G’85
President and Founder, Castalia Communications Corporation

David Watson
President and CEO, Comcast Corporation

James G. Weiss ’87
Chairman and CEO, Real Chemistry

Bryan Wiener ’92
CEO, Profitero

Melinda Witmer
Former Executive Vice President, Chief Video Officer and Chief Operating Officer, Time Warner Cable Networks

Howard E. Woolley ’80
President, Howard Woolley Group LLC

Dana Zimmer ’92
President of Distribution, Nexstar Media Group

Emeritus Members

Joan L. Adler G’76
Assistant Vice President of Regional Programs, Syracuse University Los Angeles

James C. Andrews ’93
Vice President of Licensing, Andrews McMeel Publishing

Roger W. Conner ’70
President and CEO, Conner Communications LLC

Shanti D. Das ’93
CEO and Founder, Silence the Shame Inc.
Founder, mibo LLC

William F. Doescher ’61
President and CEO, The Doescher Group Ltd.

Pamela Giddon Freedman ’73
Retired Owner, Giddon & Company PR Marketing

Andrew T. Heller
Retired Vice Chairman, Turner Broadcasting System Inc.

Steven D. Leeds ’73
Vice President, Talent Relations and Industry Affairs, SiriusXM

Arthur S. Liu G’66
President and CEO, Multicultural Radio Broadcasting Inc.

Donald R. Lockett ’74
Principal, iD-Media Solutions

Sean McDonough ’84
Broadcaster, ESPN

David G. O’Neil ’84
Partner, Rini Coran PC

Andrea Davis Pinkney ’85
Vice President and Editor-at-Large, Scholastic Trade

Howard W. Polskin ’73
President, Polskin Media

Anthony F. Renda ’60
President, Renda Broadcasting Corporation

Stephen A. Rogers ’62
Retired Publisher and Editor in Chief, The Post-Standard

Walter Sabo ’74
Chairman and CEO, Sterling/Sabo Syndicate Radio

Marianne L. Samenko ’79
Retired Senior Director, Marketing, Chase Card Services, JPMorgan Chase and Co.

Mark D. Sena ’76, G’78
President, Mars Communications Inc.

Michael J. Terpin ’78
Owner and CEO, Transform Group

George P. Verschoor ’83
Producer and Director, Television and Film, Hoosick Falls Productions Inc.

Stephen J. Wilkes ’80
Photographer, Stephen Wilkes Photography Inc.

Honorary Member

Steven Newhouse

Support Newhouse

Your tax-deductible gift to the Newhouse School makes a difference, regardless of the amount.

Your Gift Matters!

Your tax-deductible gift to the Newhouse School makes a difference, regardless of the amount. Gifts of all sizes add up to create impact in the lives of our students far beyond what you might imagine. They support the much-celebrated Newhouse student experience that sets the Newhouse School apart from other communications schools. Our students are able to supplement their classroom education by traveling on academic immersion trips to major markets, working with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, attending important industry events, networking with Newhouse alumni in the field and also receiving financial support when necessary—all of which are made possible by donors who give what they can annually.

Students on the Glavin Magazine Experience in New York City.
Students on the Glavin Magazine Experience in New York City.

Your gift of any amount also boosts our school’s alumni giving participation rate—the percentage of alumni who give back. This rate is a significant indicator of alumni satisfaction and contributes to the school’s national rankings. Your gift will help us bring the school’s participation rate to a level commensurate with the Newhouse School’s brand and reputation.

Your gift will make a difference! Please visit the “Where To Give” and “Ways to Give” pages to decide the fit that works best for your impact. Together, we will help equip the next generation of media leaders—who will continue the Newhouse tradition of excellence.