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M. CassFrom Michelle Cass
Executive Director, Office of Gift Planning

Planned gifts — like the $2 million bequest from Joseph Pulitzer that established the Journalism School in 1911 — have been instrumental in building Columbia. Today, our 1754 Society counts as members all those friends and alumni who have included the University in their estate planning. We have a strong base of members with room to grow, and look forward to adding many more in the months and years ahead. More›

Campaign News

G. LenfestGift for Arts Center in Manhattanville
University Trustee Gerry Lenfest has made a pledge of $30 million to support the construction of a multi-arts venue on the University’s Manhattanville campus. It is the largest gift ever made in support of the arts at Columbia; in recognition, the new facility will be named the Lenfest Center for the Arts. More›

CampaignCampaign Update
The Columbia Campaign passed the $4.5 billion mark in late October, reaching a total of $4.509 billion by October 31. All told, alumni and friends made almost $200 million in new gifts and pledges in the first four months of FY2011. Cash gifts and payments on previous pledges totaled more than $98.6 million — a 20 percent increase over the same period last year.

Columbia's Endowment Performance
Is Best Among Peers for FY2011

In a strong investment year, Columbia reported last month that it earned 23.6 percent in returns on its endowment in FY11 — tops in the the Ivy League. More›

Blinkens Honored With Renamed European Institute
In recognition of the generosity of Ambassador Donald and Vera Blinken, Columbia University has renamed its European Institute as the Donald and Vera Blinken European Institute. The Blinkens’ gifts to European Studies at the University include their recently committed planned gift. More›

CUMC Gifts & News

The Lincoln Fund has awarded $50,000 to support scholarships for students at the school.

Public Health
The American Legacy Foundation has donated $850,000 to endow the Donald H. Gemson Assistant/Associate Professorship Fund at the Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health, Mailman School of Public Health. Funds will be matched by the NEH.

Physicians & SurgeonsPhysicians & Surgeons
Recent highlights include a $10 million bequest to provide funding for an endowed professorship in the Taub Institute for Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain. The bequest will also provide core endowment to support research on the causes, progression and prevention of degenerative brain diseases. More›

Morningside Gifts & News

Columbia AthleticsArchitecture, Planning & Preservation
Members of the Durst family and their real-estate company have donated $4 million and a unique archive of material about NYC, while Audi of America gave $250,000 for a year-long project entitled “Experiments in Motion.”

School of the Arts
An $800,000 gift from the Joseph F. McCrindle Foundation will support fellowships for MFA students in fiction writing and provide funding for the renowned Henfield Prize, awarded each year for excellence in fiction writing by an MFA student.

Arts & Sciences
A gift has enabled the appointment of Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Ford as the soon-to-be-established Emmanuel Roman and Barrie Sardoff Roman Professor of the Humanities and Professor of Writing at Columbia University. Ford, who will join the faculty in 2012, will teach in the MFA Writing Program at the School of the Arts.

Columbia Business SchoolBusiness
The School received three new commitments totaling $2 million in support of construction of new facilities on the Manhattanville campus; an anonymous alumnus made a gift of $3.1 million, matching the sum of gifts made at the annual dinner earlier this year, in support of financial aid, faculty research, and curriculum. More›

Columbia Business SchoolColumbia College
A pair of College alums have each donated $150,000 apiece for financial aid. Thanks to matching funds from the Scholarships 101 matching program, the initial endowment for each fund is $300,000. More›

Low LibraryUniversity Initiatives
Columbia received multiple gifts and pledges to support the opening of the two newest Global Centers. Andronico Luksic provided principal support for the center in Santiago, Chile, while several donors gave in support of the new center in Istanbul, Turkey.

Editor’s Note
Thanks to the many colleagues in Columbia’s alumni and development community who provide information and assistance in the preparation of Columbia Campaign Update.

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