Privacy / Refund Policy

Privacy and Refund Policies


Columbia University is committed to securing the accuracy and privacy of your information. The University uses this website to collect personal contact information, information about your employer and credit card information. This information is used primarily to process donations to Columbia.

In addition, your information is used to create a record about you in our alumni and donor database, or to update your existing record. This information will be available to Columbia schools, offices and departments for University-related activities. Your credit card number is never stored in your Columbia record.

It is the policy of the University to hold the names of our donors in confidence unless one or more of the following conditions apply:

  1. it is common and established practice to list such gifts in a newsletter, annual report, etc.;
  2. the gift qualifies for a naming opportunity elected by the donor;
  3. the donor gives express permission to Columbia to make his/her gift public as part of a written document (such as a gift agreement) or other direct communication;
  4. Columbia is obliged by legal requirements to provide information regarding the gift.

Columbia has a small number of affinity partners, such as banks and insurance companies, who offer special promotions for Columbia students and alumni. We carefully screen these partners and believe that they provide value to the Columbia community. From time to time the University may share your information with these business partners in order that they may offer you their services or products. You may opt out of receiving any or all of these communications by e-mailing us at When contacting us, please specify which types of communication (e-mail, regular mail, telephone calls, etc.) you no longer wish to receive.

Columbia reserves the right to change this policy or University policies at any time without notice. You should visit this page periodically to review the current policy.

If you have questions about this privacy policy, or you believe that your information has not been treated in accordance with this policy, please contact us via e-mail at You may also contact us toll-free within the United States at (866) GIFTSYS.



By making a charitable gift to Columbia University in the City of New York, a 501(c)(3) organization, the donor understands that charitable donations are not refundable.