Update on COVID-19

Your gifts to Columbia SIPA count now more than ever to help our students who are facing unanticipated financial challenges. For fastest processing, we encourage you to make your gifts online.

Please note that due to COVID-19's impact on staffing, there may be some delay in processing your gift. We thank you for your patience.


Thank you for your interest in supporting SIPA. There are many different means through which you can give, including cash or cash equivalents, securities, and planned gifts.

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.

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

Please click here to learn more about opportunities to give back and ways in which your support will fund areas essential to SIPA’s future.

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 gift via credit card, click here to use our secure online gift form, or contact Gaby Infante at 212-851-9607.

By Wire Transfer

Columbia also accepts cash gifts by wire transfer. To make a wire gift, please contact Gaby Infante at 212-851-9607 or devsipa@columbia.edu.


Many donors prefer gifts of appreciated stocks, bonds, and mutual funds when considering a donation to Columbia as an impactful way to support the University while offsetting their personal tax liability. In gifting stocks, bonds, or mutual fund shares that you have owned for longer than one year, you receive the same income tax savings associated with a cash gift and avoid tax on the capital gains built up in donated securities. If you are interested in making a gift of appreciated securities, please contact Emily Keneston at 212-851-9802 or devsipa@columbia.edu.

International Giving

Alumni and friends in the UK, Hong Kong, and certain European countries can make tax-effective contributions to support SIPA.

Columbia University UK Fund
Residents of the UK can donate to any Columbia school or program through the Columbia UK Fund, a UK charity, to gain tax benefit. Those who pay both UK and US income taxes benefit as well: the same gift is treated as a charitable donation for US tax purposes and can be claimed as a deduction against US income.

Applying for Gift Aid relief is easy. Simply fill out a Gift Aid Declaration Form once you make your gift to the Columbia UK Fund.

Transnational Giving Europe
Columbia University has partnered with Transnational Giving Europe (TGE) to allow residents of several European countries to make tax-effective contributions to any part of the University. The process is very simple: you make your gift to the TGE foundation partner in your country of residence. The foundation provides you with all the fiscal advantages, including a tax receipt. Your gift is then transferred to the Columbia UK Fund. See if your country is a TGE partner.

Columbia University Hong Kong Fund
The Columbia Hong Kong Fund is registered under Section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance. Hong Kong residents who make their gifts to this fund can deduct the donated amount from their total income. Please consult the Inland Revenue Department website for more information about the tax benefits.

I’m ready to make my gift. What do I do now?
Thank you for your interest in supporting SIPA. You can make your gift through a check or a wire transfer. For further details, please contact Emily Keneston at ek3119@columbia.edu.

Matching Programs

Many companies will make a matching gift to SIPA when one of their employees makes a donation. To find out if your company has such a program, use our convenient search engine. For additional information, please contact Emily Keneston at ek3119@columbia.edu.

Planned Giving

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. Planned giving donors are important members of both 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: A minimum donation of $1 million establishes a donor-advised fund whereby the fund is set up now but allows the donor flexibility to advise the University on how to use the gift at a later time.
  6. Gifts of assets, such as stocks, bonds, and property can provide you with charitable deductions in addition to other tax savings.

For more information on planned giving, please contact Waffiyah Mian at wm2432@columbia.edu or 212-851-9609.


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