Gifts of any amount can help advance SIPA’s mission to support the global public interest. Your contributions enable SIPA to produce and share new knowledge on the critical public policy challenges facing the global community, and to educate our students to serve and to lead. Below are some common ways to give.
For further details, please contact:
Assistant Director of Development
Please click here to learn more about giving opportunities and ways in which your support will fund areas essential to SIPA’s future.
There are many ways that you can make a gift to SIPA. The easiest and most convenient way is to make a gift online using a credit card. When making your online gift, please indicate the fund that you would like your gift to support.
To make your gift online, click here to use our secure online gift form.
Other Ways to Give
Gifts 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. Please mail check(s) as follows:
If sending by USPS, use this address:
Columbia University—Gift Systems
P.O. Box 1523
New York, NY 10008
If sending by FedEx, UPS, or similar courier, use this address:
711 Executive Blvd. Suite H
Valley Cottage, NY 10989
Please note that the “1523” embedded in the address above is what indicates the Gift Systems lockbox. Please be sure to include this. If a telephone number is needed, please use the vendor’s customer service number: 213-634-7187
Please let our office know if you plan to make a gift via wire transfer so we can make sure it is received and processed accordingly, by contacting:
To make a gift to Columbia by wire, use the following account information:
Account Name: COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
Account Number: 2000011749277
ABA#: 121000248 (For Incoming Wires and ACH’s)
CHIPS UID#: 0407
Bank Name: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
Bank Address: 150 East 42nd Street New York, NY 10017
Bank Phone Number: 212-214-6846
For International Wires Only:
Swift Code: WFBIUS6S
Please include the following information in the comments section of your wire:
- Name of Donor:
- Purpose of Gift:
- For School/Unit: Columbia SIPA
- ATTN: Gaby De Jesus-Infante
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:
Assistant Director of Development
Gifts of Securities
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:
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.
2020 Tax Receipt Deadlines and Related Information
To ensure that you receive a 2020 tax receipt, please be advised of the following deadlines:
Gifts by Check
All gifts made by check must be postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service by December 31, 2020.
Gifts by Credit Card
- Making a gift online: Credit card gifts online must be received by 11:59:59 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, December 31, 2020, for 2020 tax credit. IRS regulations mark the official date of your gift as the date the transaction is completed, which is noted on your final confirmation. Credit card gifts received after 11:59:59 p.m. (EST) on December 31, 2020, cannot be credited to the 2020 tax year.
- Making a gift by telephone: Please call 212-851-9607 before 5 p.m. on December 28, 2020, to provide your credit card information.
- Making a gift by mail: The information must be received by SIPA no later than December 28, 2020, to be processed before the end of the 2020 tax year.
If you are not sure that your credit card gift information will reach SIPA by December 28, 2020, please consider making your gift online or calling us at 212-851-9607 to ensure that your gift is credited to the 2020 tax year.
Gifts of Securities
Receipts for gifts of securities reflect the date securities are received in our brokerage account. The deadline for receipt of 2020 gifts of securities is December 31, 2020. Please be sure to allow enough time for securities to be transferred.
Wire (EFT) Transfers
To make a gift by wire transfer, call 212-851-9607 by 5 p.m. on December 28, 2020, for instructions. Please ensure that your gift is received by December 31, 2020.
Columbia University's tax ID number (EIN) is 13-5598093.
Please call the development office at 212-851-9607 to inform us that your gift is on the way.
Planned Gifts and Estate Planning
Planned giving allows you to meet your financial and charitable goals while providing long-term support for SIPA and future generations of global public policy leaders. Planned gifts allow donors to take sizeable income, capital gains, and estate deductions on their taxes. They can provide income for you and your family for life, and leaves a legacy that fits your philanthropic goals. Planned giving donors 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.
To learn more about planned giving and estate planning options, or if you choose to include SIPA in your estate plan, please contact:
Major Gifts Officer
More information about planned giving is also available on the University’s Planned Giving website.
How the newly enacted CARES Act may affect your gift planning:
Legislation known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was passed by Congress and signed into law by the president on March 27, 2020. The CARES Act includes the following changes that affect charitable giving.
- Taxpayers who take the standard deduction rather than itemizing their deductions will nevertheless be able to claim a charitable deduction of up to $300 for cash donations made in 2020.
- Taxpayers who itemize can elect to deduct cash contributions of 100% of adjusted gross income (AGI) in 2020, rather than 60% prior to the passage of the Act. (Donors should consult their own tax advisor about whether this would be advisable for them.)
- The CARES Act waives the required minimum distributions (RMD) rules for most defined contribution plans and IRAs for 2020. Although individuals may not be required to take distributions from their IRA this year, 2020, if they are 70.5 years or older, they can still use their IRA as a source for making charitable contributions via a qualified charitable distribution (QCD).
For more information on provisions applicable to charitable giving included in the Act, please click here.
Ways to Make a Planned Gift
Wills and Living Trusts
Bequests allow you to secure a charitable estate-tax deduction for the value of the gift.
Life Income Gifts
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.
This type of gift arrangement allows you to direct gifts to Columbia for a specified period of time and, in turn, 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.
Life Insurance and Retirement Plans
Your retirement-plan benefits, such as individual retirement accounts (IRAs) and 401(k) plans, and life insurance are very likely a significant portion of your net worth. Because of special tax considerations, they could make an excellent choice for funding a charitable gift.
Donor Advised Funds
Make a tax-deductible gift of $1 million or more to Columbia to establish a donor-advised fund now and later advise on how you would like the University to use the gift. While you are considering what your donor-advised fund will support, the gift is invested with other managed assets in the University’s endowment.
Gifts of Cash or Assets
The simplest way to support Columbia is through cash gifts. Gifts of other assets, such as stocks, bonds, and property, not only provide you with charitable deductions, but often offer additional tax savings as well.