Payment Methods

Ways to Give

Payment Methods



Credit Card

Give using your credit card with our secure online giving form or by calling 866-443-8797. A credit card gift entitles you to the same income tax deduction as a cash gift. Should you wish, you may also make a recurring gift online.




Make checks payable to Columbia University and, to ensure that they are properly credited, please include a note about your gift's purpose.


Mail your gift to:

Columbia Alumni Center
Attention: Gift Systems 
622 West 113th Street, MC 4524
New York, NY 10025 



Tax Advantages

A cash gift entitles you to the most generous federal income tax charitable deduction—up to 60 percent of your adjusted gross income. If all deductible gifts within a given year exceed the 60-percent limit, the excess amount may be carried over as a deduction for up to five years.

See also Gifts of Securities.



Tax Receipts

We mail tax receipts for all gifts of $10 and above. However, if you give online, we will only mail tax receipts at your request—but we will e-mail a confirmation to you.



Tax ID Number

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



Financial Information

To obtain financial information about Columbia University, write to the below address.

Columbia University
615 West 131st Street, MC841
New York, NY 10027-7922

In addition, several states where Columbia is required to file financial information each year also require the following disclosures.

Colorado: Residents of Colorado may obtain copies of registration and financial documents from the office of the Secretary of State at (303) 894-2680 or

Maryland: For the cost of postage and copying, documents and information filed under the Maryland charitable solicitation law may be obtained from the Secretary of State, Charitable Division, State House, Annapolis, MD 21401, (800) 825-4510.

Michigan: MICS No. 43840

Washington: The notice of solicitation required by the Charitable Solicitation Act is on file with the Washington Secretary of State. Information about Columbia's financial affairs is available from the Secretary of State at the following toll-free number for Washington residents: 1-800-332-4483.

Registration in the above states does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation of Columbia University by the states.


International Gifts

Donors who pay taxes in other countries should review local tax laws and regulations or consult a professional tax advisor before making a gift.

Columbia (UK) Fund Limited

For those based in the United Kingdom, Columbia established the Columbia UK Fund Limited to help donors with tax relief. If you pay UK income taxes, your gift to this fund (in Sterling, US Dollars, or Euros) is eligible for Gift Aid relief, which increases the donor’s philanthropic impact.

When donating to the Columbia (UK) Fund, please complete a Gift Aid Declaration Form. Your gift is then treated as if it were a gift of an amount from which income tax has been deducted at the basic rate. Columbia can reclaim from HM Revenue and Customs the basic rate income tax (currently 20 percent) which is deemed to have been deducted from that gift.


If You Pay UK and US Taxes

Americans residing in the UK have particular income tax problems with respect to structuring tax efficient charitable gifts because they are subject to two systems of taxation. In the past, Americans typically chose to obtain tax relief in either the US or UK and accepted that the overall benefit would be limited by the constraints of the other tax system.

The Columbia (UK) Fund Limited solves that problem. It is simultaneously governed by English and US law. Columbia owns all of the share capital of the Fund, and it has made an election to be treated as a “disregarded entity” for US tax purposes. The Columbia (UK) Fund Limited is registered as a charity with the Charity Commission and simultaneously qualifies as a foreign branch of the US exempt organization.

The effect of this election is that a gift to the Columbia (UK) Fund Limited is eligible for income tax benefits in both the US and UK. Gifts to the UK Fund can be made in Sterling, Euros, and US Dollars.

  • For UK tax purposes, the gift is to the English charity and is therefore eligible for Gift Aid relief.
  • For US tax purposes, the gift is treated as a gift to a US qualified exempt organization that will give rise to a US income tax deduction.

Giving to the Columbia (UK) Fund Limited

Please send a check made to Columbia UK Fund Limited and payable in Sterling, Euros, or US Dollars to:

Eileen Flood
Columbia UK Fund
19 Norcott Road
London N16 7EJ

Phone: +020 7502 2813

Be sure to include a Gift Aid Declaration Form and let us know which part of the University you wish to support.

Wire Transfer
Contact Columbia's Office of Gift Planning at or 001-212-851-7857.

For More Information
Contact Dorota Gonera, Manager of Gift Receivables, Gift Systems, at



Columbia University Hong Kong Fund

Donors in Hong Kong may give to Columbia and receive tax benefits through our Columbia University Hong Kong Fund registered under Section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance.

Hong Kong residents giving to this Fund may deduct their donation from their income up to a maximum percent (35 percent in 2009-10). To give via wire transfer, contact or Dorota Gonera, Manager of Gift Receivables, Gift Systems, at

To learn more about Hong Kong tax benefits, consult the Inland Revenue Department.