Giving to Engineering

Columbia Engineering is dedicated to educating the brightest minds in engineering—regardless of financial circumstance. A top priority area for Dean Shih-Fu Chang is creating opportunity for incoming students through scholarship and fellowship support.

In April 2021, President Lee C. Bollinger announced the Columbia Student Support Initiative, an effort to raise $1.4 billion in financial assistance for students across the University by June 2025.  As part of the initiative, Columbia Engineering aims to raise a comprehensive goal of $200 million to support Engineering students, including $100 million each for undergraduate and graduate engineers.

With help from supporters like you, Columbia Engineering will be able to ensure access to a Columbia Engineering education for all deserving students and to support these next generations of leaders, innovators, and problem-solvers as they journey through and beyond Columbia. 

Below are common vehicles used to make gifts. Please contact us for more information specific to your situation.

 

Online

Giving online by credit card is a quick and easy option. 

By Recurring Monthly Gift

Donors can set up a recurring charge to a credit card on a monthly or quarterly basis. This is a great way to increase the impact of a gift and avoid the pressure of waiting until the last minute. Visit our giving page or call (646) 745-8417.

By Check

While we continue to work remotely due to COVID-19, please note that our process for receiving checks has shifted. Please read below for instructions on mailing checks.

  • To send checks via USPS: 
    Columbia University - Gift Systems
    P.O. Box 1523
    New York, NY 10008
  • To send checks via Fedex, UPS, or a similar carrier:
    CheckAlt/Klik
    711 Executive Blvd. Suite H
    Batching Department - 1523
    Valley Cottage, NY 10989

*Always be sure to note “1523” in the address - this will ensure it reaches Columbia. 

To ensure timely and accurate processing, please include instructions for your gift: the school being supported (i.e. Engineering), where the check should be directed (i.e. Engineering Annual Fund), names of people being honored/remembered, etc. 

Please contact Cameron Maglio at cm4188@columbia.edu with any questions.

By Donor-Advised Fund (DAF)

The Donor-Advised Fund (DAF) is an increasingly popular way to make a charitable gift. DAFs can provide you with immediate tax benefits while making your charitable giving easier. To learn more about creating and making a gift through a DAF, visit giftplanning.columbia.edu/what-you-can-give/donor-advised-fund.

By IRA Gift (QCD)

Your IRA can provide a tax-smart way to make an impact with Columbia University now. The Qualified Charitable Distribution or QCD (sometimes called an “IRA Charitable Rollover”) is a great way to make a tax-free gift now to Columbia University and satisfy your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD), too. Learn more. 

By Securities Transfer

Making a gift through a transfer of appreciated stocks or bonds are a popular way to make a gift. If you are considering a donation of $1,000 or more, there are many tax advantages to giving securities. For more information and complete instructions, contact us via email at engineeringfund@columbia.edu.

By Wire Transfer

Columbia accepts wire transfers. For more information, call (646) 745-8417 or email us at engineeringfund@columbia.edu.

Gift Planning

Some of the most impactful gifts individuals make usually take advantage of a planned giving strategy. This includes bequests, charitable trusts, gift annuities, or including Columbia as a beneficiary on a retirement or life insurance plan. Planned gifts allow donors to take sizeable income, capital gains and estate deductions on their taxes. They can provide income for you and your family for life, and leaves a legacy that fits your philanthropic goals. For more information, contact Christina Vellios at cv2365@columbia.edu or (646) 745-8416, or visit giftplanning.columbia.edu.

Matching Gifts

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International Gifts – Hong Kong and United Kingdom

Donors in Hong Kong may give to Columbia and receive tax benefits through our Columbia University Hong Kong Fund registered under Section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance.

For those based in the United Kingdom, Columbia established the Columbia UK Fund Limited to help donors with tax relief. If you pay UK income taxes, your gift to this fund (in Sterling, US Dollars, or Euros) is eligible for Gift Aid relief, which increases the donor’s philanthropic impact.

For more information, see our international gifts page.

Gifts of Other Assets

The best way to make your gift might be donating real estate, tangible personal property, or other assets, including gifts in kind and closely held stocks, which often require special handling. For more information contact Christina Vellios at cv2365@columbia.edu or (646) 745-8416.

A Columbia education is transformative for our students and financial need should not be a barrier to accessing it. We have for many years made financial aid a priority and have dedicated our resources accordingly, but there is more to do. This campaign, and the resulting support for our students, will begin a new era for Columbia.   

President Lee C. Bollinger