What to Give

Of the many ways to give to Columbia, most donors choose cash and cash equivalents, whether as annual gifts, a one-time gift, or a gift pledged over a period of years.

Tax Advantages

A cash gift entitles you to the most generous federal income tax charitable deduction up to 50 percent of adjusted gross income. If all deductible gifts in that year exceed the 50-percent limit, the excess amount may be carried over as a deduction for up to five years.

Matching Programs

Many companies will make a matching gift to Columbia when one of their employees makes a donation. To find out if your company has such a program, use our convenient search engine.

By Check

Your check should be made payable to Columbia University and, to ensure that it is properly credited, must be accompanied by a letter outlining the purpose of the gift. Mail checks to the Gift Systems department at the following address:

Columbia University Gift Systems
MC 4524
622 W. 113th Street
New York, NY 10025
phone 1-866-GIFTSYS
fax 212-851-1240
e-mail giftsys@columbia.edu

By Credit Card

A credit card gift to Columbia is not only convenient, it also entitles you to the same income-tax deduction as a gift of cash. To make your credit card gift, click here for our secure online gift form, or call us toll-free at (866) GIFTSYS (1-866-443-8797).

By Wire Transfer

While most donors send personal checks, Columbia also accepts cash gifts by wire transfer. To make a gift to Columbia by wire please contact Columbia’s Gift Systems department at giftsys@columbia.edu or 1-866-GIFTSYS.

Tax Identification Number

Columbia University's tax ID number (EIN) is 13-5598093.

Make a gift now

Giving from outside the US? Learn about tax breaks that may apply to you.

Have a Question?
Edward Schaefer

Assistant Director, Stewardship
Columbia Alumni Center
622 West 113th Street
New York, NY 10025
(212) 851-7853