Jason Caniglia, Vice President for University Advancement

Why Regis?
Catholic education, and in particular, Jesuit education, has played a significant role in my life. If it were not for the outstanding Jesuit education I received at Creighton Preparatory High School in Omaha, Nebraska, I would not have been the first person in my family to graduate from college. My experience at Loyola University of New Orleans was absolutely transformational and left me with a profound appreciation for Jesuit education. Working at Regis affords me the opportunity to advance both higher education and the signature Jesuit experience that has enriched my life.

What is one lesson you bring with you from your career to your role at Regis?
That every donor is unique and so are their reasons for investing in Regis. Donors also don’t have just one area of passion, but oftentimes have several areas that matter to them. Advancement serves to connect people to their passion areas at Regis and nothing is more fulfilling than seeing the impact such connections have, not only on the students and faculty, but also on the donors themselves. To me, putting the “fun” in “fundraising” is about discovering those passion areas and working with donors in creative ways to make ideas a reality.

Besides fundraising, what are you passionate about?
I’m very passionate about my family, faith and higher education. When not fundraising, you will find me in nature. Colorado is an incredibly beautiful state. Whether it is hiking in the woods, biking down nature trails or off-roading down low maintenance roads, the wonderful exposure to nature recharges me. I’m humbled by its complexity and beauty. Fortunately, I am also married to an environmental sociology professor, so I get to learn about natural and human systems more than most. I also enjoy metalwork, art and photography.

Professional Bio

Jason Caniglia has more than two decades of higher education fundraising experience, including stints at Saint Mary’s College (Notre Dame, Indiana), Indiana University at South Bend and the Oklahoma State University Foundation. Before joining Regis in September 2014, he served as the associate vice president of constituent development at Kansas State University.

Among other accomplishments, Caniglia led teams at Kansas State and Oklahoma State to their best fundraising years in their respective organizations’ histories – $260 million for Oklahoma State in 2007 and $211 million for Kansas State in 2014.

The Omaha, Nebraska, native holds a master’s degree in public affairs from Indiana University and a certificate in fundraising management from the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. His passion for Jesuit education stems from his own experiences at Creighton Preparatory School (Omaha, Nebraska) and at Loyola University of New Orleans, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in communications and political science.

As vice president for University Advancement, Caniglia serves as Regis’ chief fundraising officer, providing strategic direction and leadership for all fundraising, alumni, and communication programs specific to University Advancement, and works to enhance the University’s culture of philanthropy.