Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of The Miracle in Manhattan Campaign?

The purpose of the Nyack College Miracle in Manhattan Campaign is to promote the opportunity for people to invest in the development of a state-of-the-art educational facility that will educate and empower our growing student population. The Campaign will also meet our varied asset-building needs including construction, renovation, and furnishing of the facility. A successful Campaign will position Nyack College to be prominent in the higher education landscape; influential in its partnerships with religious, civic, and community organizations; and pace-setting as its core values are lived out.

When was The Miracle in Manhattan Campaign launched?

The Campaign kicked off in November 2009 with a “Day of Prayer” for the Miracle in Manhattan, which was followed by a “quiet phase.”  At this time, the Campaign name and theme were established, goals were set, leadership gifts were solicited, and prospective donors were identified. The Campaign will continue in a “public phase” for two years. During this public phase, leadership gifts will continue to be solicited and solicitation will expand to alumni and friends, inviting them to invest in the future of Nyack College.

What is the Campaign's financial goal?

The Campaign's goal is to raise $50 million in private support to purchase the Battery Park campus, which will make it the permanent Nyack College New York City site. This goal was established based on the needs and priorities of the college to complete the move and to fully outfit the new campus at 2 Washington Street in historic Battery Park.

Philanthropic support from alumni, friends, churches, corporations, and others is essential to the groundbreaking and innovative programs that will be offered at the new Nyack College Manhattan campus. Thousands of students have received an extraordinary education at Nyack College. Countless numbers attribute their success to the generosity of individuals who believed in the power of a Christ-centered education. Our hope is that new friends will join our longtime supporters to assure that future generations of New York City students will have access to a quality Christian education at Nyack College.

How were the Campaign priorities determined?

Campaign priorities grew out of the vision and strategic goals of the college. Administration, faculty, and students provided input on the features required to create a first class university campus. With more than twice the space of the current campus site located at 361 Broadway, funds will be used to construct over 50 new classrooms, four science labs, new performance quality instruments and multiple practice rooms for musicians and vocalists, a chapel, four computer labs, and much more. Gifts can be allocated to both undergraduate and graduate program support, facility enhancement, and unrestricted funds. While current use gifts are the highest priority, endowment gifts which create a permanent, reliable source of funding are also needed.

Why should I support The Miracle in Manhattan Campaign?

Giving to The Miracle in Manhattan Campaign is the choice of individuals who recognize Nyack College as an invaluable resource—not only for our New York City community and the United States—but for the nations of the world. The impact is already evident in the more than 28,000 Nyack alumni who are currently serving in over 80 countries.

Donors, both alumni and friends, are helping us establish a world class Christian university in the heart of the most multicultural and influential city in the world. Donor investments will enrich the lives of many people, including those who may never attend Nyack College but who will benefit, directly or indirectly, from the teaching and research of faculty and the career choices of our students. Beyond the obvious advantages of tax savings and personal financial management, donors will have the satisfaction of helping us shape a better future.

May I restrict my gift to a particular project or program?

Yes. Nyack College can prepare a proposal or gift agreement to suit your interests within legal constraints. To ensure that your contribution is used as you intend, interested parties should speak to our Vice President for College Relations, Jeff Quinn. 

Why should I make an additional pledge to the Campaign if I am already a regular contributor?

Your additional gifts are needed and will be used for this very pivotal and critical moment in the history of Nyack College. It will take all of us—alumni, faculty, friends—anyone who believes in the impact, potential, and benefit of a great Christian university in the “capital of the world.” Stakeholders who share our vision will join us in our efforts to realize this $50 million goal.

I am unable to make a large commitment to Nyack College at this time, but I want to be a part of the Campaign. What options are available for supporters like me?
There are many options for giving through estate and lifetime gifts. These include a provision in your will, insurance policies, and other charitable vehicles. Your attorney or tax advisor can work directly with our Office of Planned Giving to match your wishes with an opportunity to support Nyack.
May I make a gift anonymously?
Nyack College willingly accepts anonymous gifts and will protect the anonymity of any donor who requests it. Anonymous gifts will be counted in the campaign and are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.
Can campaign gifts be used for commemorative purposes?

The Miracle in Manhattan Campaign offers a variety of possibilities to memorialize or honor a relative, friend, or other individual. Endowed funds frequently bear the donor's name or are named for another individual at the donor's request. Buildings and other facilities also offer naming opportunities in part or in whole. Please see the Named Giving Opportunities page for specific options. You are also encouraged to contact our Vice President for College Relations  Jeff Quinn by phone at 845.675.4425 to learn more about establishing a specific named gift.

How do I make my gift or pledge to the Campaign?

Making a gift to the Miracle in Manhattan is easy.

  • Mail to Nyack College, c/o Miracle in Manhattan Campaign, 1 South Blvd., Nyack, NY 10960
  • Online at
  • Gifts of Securities: Contact Jeff Quinn at 845.675.4425

For any questions please contact Jeff Quinn, Vice President for College Relations at 845.675.4425.