Your generosity—along with that of our other friends and supporters—makes possible the programs and projects that are hallmarks of our mission. Not only is giving satisfying, it can be rewarding, allowing you to make a personal statement, shape the future, and leave a lasting legacy.
There is no “best way.” Rather, there are many, many ways to give. You can write a check, use a credit card, transfer stock, bonds, retirement plan assets, or real estate. You can make a gift in your will or designate us as the beneficiary of an IRA. If you’d like our help exploring gift opportunities, simply contact us to get in touch.
To some extent you can designate how your gift will be used. You can apply it to an existing program, you can specify that it be applied to a larger yet more general goal, or you can state that a gift should be used to support our overall mission.
You can specify your wishes with a letter of intent or by creating a Memorandum of Agreement. Or simply write in the memo portion of your check how you want your gift to be used.
Simply contact us and we will be happy to talk to you about gift opportunities.
A designated gift is used for the special purpose that you specify. An unrestricted gift is put in the general fund that supports all of our programs and projects as well as our overall mission.
A gift in your will—a charitable bequest—lets you make a gift now that is realized some time in the future. Simply designate in your will that CUIMC receives a specific amount or certain property at your death. If you already have a will, your attorney can easily amend it through a codicil. Since a bequest gift is not completed today, you have the opportunity to change the gift arrangement if your needs or goals change. For many of our supporters, a charitable bequest is an ideal way to make a meaningful gift.
Whatever your philanthropic goals, planning now is the right thing to do. But planning now does not mean you have to give now. Some of the most meaningful and rewarding gifts are those that can be planned today and completed later. Ask us for more information.
Tax ID Number
Columbia University's tax ID number (EIN) is 13-5598093.
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.
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.