School of Social Work

Empowering Social Workers to Change the World

UB Social Work is uniquely positioned to understand—and transform—communities, societies and the profession of social work itself. Now, with your philanthropic support, we will lead a new vision of social work—a rekindling of its relevance, passion and power. We will equip social workers everywhere to be agents of social innovation, advancing progress on many fronts—and you can accelerate that change.

Here Is How We Empower UB Social Workers to Lead a Revolution

Versatility, flexibility and collaboration are crucial to creating tomorrow’s leaders in social work research, practice and education. With your support, we’ll empower our students through a visionary new curriculum founded on social innovation, expand our Field Education Fund and create Experiential Learning Stipends to diversify student field experiences. Through philanthropy, we will also embrace opportunities through our inSocialWork Resource Center, and ensure that we attract the brightest and best students, regardless of financial status, by expanding scholarships for both MSW and PhD students.

Here Is How Our Research Is Driving Change

At UB, we are preparing social workers nationwide to tackle complex 21st-century issues in bold new ways. We merge social work’s traditions of compassion and activism with new insights into person-centered care, leading research and powerful collaborations with other disciplines. Now we’re seeking your added support to tackle bigger challenges, including:

  • Establishing a Social Innovation Collaboratory—the first of its kind nationwide
  • Attracting and retaining visionary faculty through endowed chairs and professorships
  • Increasing the impact of the Buffalo Center for Social Research
  • Providing seed money grants that will enable our dedicated faculty to conduct visionary research on social work innovations and public policy improvements
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Here Is How We Practice 21st-Century Social Work—in Buffalo and Beyond

Buffalo is a community with a huge, unbridled heart, and UB Social Work is a vital partner in that community. Now, we’ve taken our community partnership to a new level, leading the way (with UB’s School of Management and College of Arts and Sciences) with our Social Impact Fellows program, which pairs MSW students with other socially-minded UB students, then places them at mission-driven organizations to tackle real-world challenges. We’re helping refugees adapt and thrive. Finally, through the Institute on Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care, we bring our understanding of how trauma shapes the development and health of people and communities.

We are seeking your investment in redefining social work.

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The Power of Your Investment

At UB Social Work, we’re deeply committed to helping people and societies unlock—and expand—their potential. We’re also committed to expanding our own potential, to being the best and most innovative School of Social Work we can be. To achieve all that, we seek your support. A generous gift from you is seed money that will grow an innovative and effective new generation of social workers, fund breakthroughs in social work and social-work education, and yield incalculable returns in the form of healthy, humane and sustainable societies.

UB Fund: Immediate Support for Students

When you give to the UB Fund, your gift today is made available to help support students today. It’s that immediate. Giving to the UB Fund helps ensure our students have everything they need to become thoughtful global citizens, with 100 percent of gifts used to enhance the student experience, including crucial support for research, study abroad, student emergencies and community service opportunities.

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