Gifts in Action

Gifts in Action

Every gift furthers Columbia's impact

Realizing the Promise: Donors to the Lenfest Center for the Arts

The Lenfest Center for the Arts opened in the spring of 2017 on the University’s new Manhattanville campus. Columbia’s first-ever dedicated arts venue, it provides dynamic new spaces for campus and public audiences to connect with the Columbia University School of the Arts and the University’s Wallach Art Gallery.

“Up until now, the School of the Arts has never been able to show the city what we do, and we’ve never been able to show everyone on campus what we do,” said Carol Becker, its dean since 2007.

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Nursing Students Practice Care Abroad with Global Fellows Fund

More than 30 nursing students gain international clinical experience through the Global Fellows Fund, a 2016 crowdfunding effort at the School of Nursing. Nearly 60 donors raised almost $25,000 to help cover Fellows’ airfare and living expenses. 

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A Scholarship for Social Workers

After modeling for over a decade, Laurie Ann Marsden '98GS, '99SW came to Columbia to start her second career. “When I left the fashion industry, I wanted to do something very different in life. I wanted to help women in a substantive way."

At Columbia, Marsden studied psychology, psychotherapy, and social work, particularly about women’s self-esteem, and has since created an online therapy program for women. She has been a loyal ten-year annual fund donor to the School of General Studies and the School of Social Work, reflecting the impact of a Columbia education on her life.

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