Donor-Advised Funds

Columbia Donor-Advised Funds

A donor-advised fund allows you to make a tax-deductible gift to Columbia to establish a fund today—and later advise the University on how you would like the gift used. At least half of the gift must be designated to Columbia, and the rest may support other charities.

A Columbia Donor-Advised Fund (DAF) is an easy-to-use, flexible, expert-managed tool that expands the impact of your charitable giving. Establishing a DAF at Columbia allows you to harness the power of Columbia’s endowment to grow your philanthropy while eliminating the administrative burdens and fees of private foundations. Columbia DAFs offer confidentiality in your giving and flexibility in defining your philanthropic goals.

You can establish a Columbia DAF with a gift of $1,000,000 in assets (cash, securities, insurance, or real property).

Non-Columbia Donor-Advised Funds

If you have already established a donor-advised fund and would like to recommend a grant or distribution for Columbia University Irving Medical Center, the check should be made payable to The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York and mailed to the following address:

Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Attn.: Laura R. Tenenbaum
516 West 168th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10032

Columbia’s tax identification number is 13-5598093.

We would appreciate it if you would let us know if you have made a recommendation for a grant to Columbia by emailing Laura Tenenbaum at and sharing what purpose you wish to support at Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

Alternatively, if your donor-advised fund is with Fidelity Charitable, Schwab Charitable, or BNY Mellon, you may recommend a gift to Columbia via DAFDIRECT.