A planned gift allows you to meet your financial and charitable goals while providing long term support of SIPA and future generations of global public policy leaders. SIPA’s planned giving donors are important members of the SIPA and Columbia communities and are welcomed to attend events and gatherings where they have an opportunity to meet students, faculty, and share their experiences. They are also invited to join the 1754 Society, a University-wide honorary society for alumni and friends who have included the University in their inheritance plans. The 1754 Society recognizes the vital role benefactors - past, present, and future - play in Columbia’s success as a preeminent educational institution.

Basic ways to make a planned gift:

  1. Gifts by Will: Bequests allow you to secure a charitable estate-tax deduction for the value of the gift.

  2. Gifts that pay you income: Life-income gifts such as gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts can provide donors with an income stream, significant tax savings, and the satisfaction of providing Columbia with vital long-term resources.

  3. Gifts that protect your assets: Lead trusts allow you to receive either a charitable deduction now for gifts made in subsequent years or a reduction in gift or estate taxes on property you wish to pass to heirs.

  4. Gifts of retirement plans: Because of special tax considerations, retirement plan benefits could make an excellent choice for funding a charitable gift.

  5. Donor advised fund: You make a tax-deductible gift of $1 million or more to establish a donor-advised fund now and later advise on how you would like the University to use the gift.
  6. Gifts of assets, including stocks, bonds, and property. These can not only provide you with charitable deductions, but often offer additional tax savings as well.

Please visit Giving to Columbia for more information on planned giving.