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University Advancement

Maybe it's because of a professor who enhanced your life, or a service trip that gave you a new outlook on the world, or perhaps because of the role St. Ambrose plays in our community.

Our donors give for many reasons, and all are proud supporters of a place where students are enriched by a Catholic education committed to academic excellence, the liberal arts, social justice, and service.

Together, we shape the education and opportunities St. Ambrose offers students today, and for generations to come.

Join us.

Give to sau Building Our Future Campaign

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Alumni giving reaches every corner of campus! Your gift can make a significant difference. The amount you are able to give may vary, and the area you choose to support may change. But the commitment to giving every year provides support to make a difference - every day.

Join fellow alumni and give back today

Our students spoke. We listened.

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Then we acted -- together. In less than two years, the Ambrosian community donated nearly $18 million to build a state-of-the-art Wellness & Recreation Center with human movement classrooms and labs.

It's pretty awesome. Take a look.

Building Our Future

Growing programs, enrollment, and satisfying needs of a new generation of students

Our programs and enrollment are growing – and so are needs of a new generation of students, which is why in 2016 we launched Building Our Future, a $18.5 million fundraising campaign to build a new SAU Wellness and Recreation Center.

The Center is open and filled with students who want to stay fit and healthy; students taking classes and working in human fitness labs; and student athletes who are training to do their best. For the rest of us, the campaign continues.

We're in the home stretch with less than a million raise. This is the largest single capital project in our history and was tackled through the generosity of SAU supporters and donors. We still need your help to reach our $18.5 million goal.

And, there are challenges in place that can double or triple the impact of your gift.

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Day of Giving

Ambrosians always go above and beyond. Watch this video about the 2017 Day of Giving, which had a goal of raising $135,000 (which we totally surpassed). We called it 135K2Day!

How you can Support SAU

Together, we support a community of learners who aren't afraid to explore, innovate, act, and assist.

Our students carry Ambrosian values into professions that impact the world, and continue to impact the university. Our community of donors and supporters enable our students to succeed. 

Check out the latest achievements below.


A $1 million gift from Thomas Higgins, a 1967 St. Ambrose alumnus and member of the St. Ambrose Board of Trustees, has a twofold impact on our students, and an even bigger impact on patient care. This gift allowed SAU to launch a Master of Public Health degree in the fall of 2017 and create the Institute for Person-Centered Care.

The Institute will focus on integrating health and social services practices into patient care as a way to meet the individual's goals. The Institute will be the first of its kind in the Midwest and one of only a few in the nation.


Our students spoke. We listened. Then we acted – together. In just one year, the Ambrosian Community gave $17.7 million to the Building Our Future campaign. It enabled us to build the SAU Wellness & Recreation Center.

Today, our students have the facility, equipment and space they need to stay fit and healthy and take classes in state-of-the-art kinesiology and human movement classrooms and labs. Together, we are supporting our students and our athletes, building our campus programs and facilities, and providing so many educational opportunities.     


In 2013, we built an addition to the $11.5 million Center for Health Sciences Education at Genesis (built in 2010), on the southeast corner of Genesis Medical Center, West Central Park, Davenport.

Genesis Health System and its Health Services Foundation partnered with us and provided more than $3 million in support for the project.

Today, the center is home to our nationally (or conditionally) accredited academic programs in nursing, physician assistant studies, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. State-of-the-art classrooms and equipment means our students are learning relevant, hands-on skills.

Our graduates surpass the national averages for professional licensing and are out in the world helping people – not patients – improve their health and live more fulfilling lives.     


Jim Stangle, Vice President of Advancement
Bonnie Parriott, Administrative Assistant

Margaret Babbitt, Director, Ambrose Annual Fund
Terri Beutel, Assistant Director of Advancement Information Resources
Amber Castro, Administrative Assistant
Sally Crino, Associate Vice President; Director, Campaign and Legacy Giving
Nikki DeFauw, Director, Grants and Advancement Operations
Betsy Fisher, Coordinator of Donor Relations
Lisa Harrington, Administrative Assistant
Dan Haverkamp, Associate Director, Individual Giving
Sharon Kraus, Coordinator, Research and Prospect Management
Sandy Lassman, Gift Coordinator
Milissa Lamantia, Administrative Assistant
Jody Murray, Administrative Assistant
Paige Nagle, Advancement Officer


Jim Stangle, Vice President

Alumni House
1527 N. Brady St.
Davenport, IA 52803
563-333-6054 fax

So, what's next?

Are you ready to take the next step? St. Ambrose offers more than 60 programs and 27 athletic teams and sports to join on campus. Become an Ambrosian today!