Our Campaign

Our Campaign

The Columbia Commitment

Ideas generated at Columbia—in the classroom, library, laboratory, and field—drive impact in addressing many of the world's most urgent issues. Whether concerned about reforming mass incarceration, sequencing genomes to cure cancer, or educating the next generation of leaders, donors are giving not so much to Columbia as through Columbia.

With 16 leading undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools, as well as dozens of institutes, and one of the most diverse and international communities on any campus, Columbia has a breadth unique even among global research institutions. Philanthropic support can provide the investment needed to cross institutional boundaries and, more than ever, act as a University in full.

Columbians know how much we need partners: to work for the world, we need to work with the world. More than ever, Columbia builds global networks inside and outside of academia, in the public sector, in NGOs, and in the private sector. As one of our campaign co-chairs puts it, “There are seven billion people in this world, and the idea that you’re the only one thinking about anything is pretty arrogant. We’re talking big problems that need a lot of brain power."

Can turning CO2 to rock fight global warming?

How can law students support asylum seekers?

Roy and Diana Vagelos Donate $250 Million to Columbia's Medical School

Can door-to-door testing turn the tide of Africa’s AIDS epidemic?

How can we best prepare for sea-level rise?

Can we predict who will develop Parkinson’s disease before symptoms develop?

The Columbia Commitment is more than a commitment to the University. It is a renewal of our bonds with the world and our shared future

Lee C. Bollinger
Our Shared Future

"The Columbia Commitment is more than a commitment to the University. It is a renewal of our bonds with the world and our shared future." — President Lee C. Bollinger

Our Commitment to

Arts and Ideas

Creating possibilities

Our Commitment to

Climate Response

Advancing science and solutions

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Data and Society

Data for good

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The Future of Neuroscience

Transforming our understanding and treatment of mind and brain

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Global Solutions

Thinking and acting in an interconnected world

Our Commitment to

Just Societies

Striving for a fair world

Our Commitment to

Precision Medicine

Individualizing care, starting with genomics

Our Commitment to


Defining Columbia's strengths

Our Commitment to


Leading us forward