Propel the Columbia College Fund

Columbia College has had tremendous growth and success in the last decade, but to sustain excellence in a competitive world, we must constantly renew our commitment to and investment in each pillar of the experience we believe to be great. Our wellspring is the Columbia College Fund, which provides the dean with the flexible resources necessary to be nimble and strategic in response to priorities that arise.


College Fund Dollars at Work

Your support matters. Gifts of all sizes to the Columbia College Fund make an immediate impact on the lives of our students. See just a few of the ways your support can make a difference.

Allows 10 students to attend a guided tour of The Cathedral of St. John the Divine for Art Humanities
Purchases an opera ticket for a financial aid student in a Music Humanities class
Covers a student’s registration fee for a club-related national conference in Washington, D.C.
Supports a community-building event in a residence hall to introduce first-year students to career counselors and career development resources
Purchases two business suits for financial aid students to wear to career fairs or interviews
Sponsors professional development training for students participating in internships
Supports career assessments and personal advising that helps students with career planning
Covers the costs of books for one financial aid student in an academic year
Hosts the First-in-Family Welcome Reception, connecting students who are the first in their families to attend college with faculty, deans and other students
Provides leadership training for students who lead Columbia’s Special Interest Communities
Brings an intellectual leader to campus to discuss their Core Curriculum related scholarship in a course-wide lecture
Funds orientation programs and activities that prepare all first-year students for their four-year journey
Supports a year of Faculty-in-Residence programming connecting students with faculty outside of the classroom
Fully sponsors one student participating in Columbia Experience Overseas, an 8-week summer internship program in an international city

While just one measure, rankings often mirror the visionary and financial commitments of a school, and Columbia College’s rising rankings in the last 10 years reflect significant, annual investment across the board, from financial aid to the Core Curriculum. Gifts to the Columbia College Fund show the community's investment in the future of the College.

Put your dollars to work immediately to ensure the College’s success.


Provide scholarship support to bring the best students to Columbia.


Extend College Walk by funding internship, research and global experiences.


Support the Core Curriculum by helping to expand interdisciplinary programming among Core courses.


Promote innovative programs that enhance the faculty-student experience.



Every gift matters. By making gifts of any size to the Columbia College Fund, Columbians provide immediate support for the College’s most pressing needs and help to uphold the excellence for which the College is known.


Leadership Opportunities

Current-use leadership gifts to the Columbia College Fund provide support for day-to-day priorities and connect donors to the students benefiting from their gift. To learn more about opportunities to support the College, contact your class year’s Fund officer.

1940—1970  |  David Silver  |    212-851-4264 |

1971—1983  |  Amanda Tortorello  |    212-851-7486 |

1984—1994  |  Erin Hussein  |    212-851-7452 |

1995-1999  |  Hafsa Mahfooz  |    212-851-7833 |

2000—2004  |  Alison Hillier  |    212-851-7941 |

2005—2014  |  Liya Kahan  |    212-851-7883 |

2015-2017  |  Alison Hillier  |    212-851-7941 |


Current-Use Scholarship
Provide the College with the much-needed latitude in fulfilling its commitment to need-based financial aid.
Alumni and Parents Internship Fund
Provide a named, current—use internship, affording a student learning opportunities outside of the classroom.
John Jay Associates

The John Jay Associates program recognizes the generosity and support of alumni, parents and friends whose cumulative annual giving to the College totals $1,500 or more. 

Read more about the levels and benefits, and become a John Jay Associates member today. Please contact your class year’s Fund officer (listed above) or Amber Juarez, Director of Donor Relations (at 212-851-2090 or for more information.  

John Jay Associates for Recent Alumni (1—14 years after graduation)

The John Jay Associates program for Recent Alumni recognizes young alumni who stretch to take an active role in supporting the future of Columbia College.

VIEW Opportunities

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