Alumni Gifts

Alumni support is critical to advancing Columbia College’s mission. The generosity of College alumni enables Dean James J. Valentini to enhance programs and provide resources that benefit College students.
Class Year Alumni in Class Donor Count Participation (%) John Jay Associates Total Gifts to Columbia College Annual Fund Total Gifts Total Gifts and Commitments from Reunion Classes
1930 17 0 0.00 0 0.00 0.00
1931 18 1 5.60 0 50.00 50.00 Donor List
1932 19 2 10.50 1 11,000.00 11,000.00 Donor List
1933 28 0 0.00 0 0.00 0.00
1934 26 2 7.70 0 0.00 105.00 105.00 Donor List
1935 30 0 0.00 0 0.00 0.00
1936 27 2 7.40 0 150.00 250.00 Donor List
1937 29 2 6.90 0 400.00 400.00 Donor List
1938 51 6 11.80 1 5,800.00 5,850.00 Donor List
1939 71 4 5.60 0 535.00 705.00 705.00 Donor List
1940 89 10 11.20 3 10,925.00 11,265.00 Donor List
1941 85 11 12.90 2 27,925.00 33,095.00 Donor List
1942 135 20 14.80 3 10,000.00 173,665.00 Donor List
1943 163 21 12.90 2 19,981.00 1,019,760.00 Donor List
1944 107 23 21.50 1 7,550.00 7,890.00 655,470.00 Donor List
1945 116 27 23.30 2 7,110.00 7,415.00 Donor List
1946 135 38 28.10 4 16,012.00 94,252.00 Donor List
1947 152 45 29.60 2 11,283.00 12,043.00 Donor List
1948 266 67 25.20 5 23,110.00 31,425.00 Donor List
1949 264 60 22.70 7 36,968.00 87,976.00 87,976.00 Donor List
1950 237 61 25.70 5 26,554.00 63,528.00 Donor List
1951 293 76 25.90 8 52,718.00 57,843.00 Donor List
1952 343 96 28.00 12 64,530.00 75,440.00 Donor List
1953 370 107 28.90 16 88,874.00 139,739.00 Donor List
1954 437 128 29.30 14 79,671.00 638,199.00 658,205.00 Donor List
1955 407 142 34.90 25 113,396.00 203,246.00 Donor List
1956 485 154 31.80 21 91,241.00 104,560.00 Donor List
1957 510 128 25.10 10 89,035.00 144,505.00 Donor List
1958 485 168 34.60 30 150,544.00 169,869.00 Donor List
1959 469 165 35.20 27 183,893.00 351,045.00 1,051,040.00 Donor List
1960 520 143 27.50 23 235,364.00 832,319.00 Donor List
1961 495 150 30.30 27 160,536.00 318,657.00 Donor List
1962 510 139 27.30 21 378,973.00 2,917,020.00 Donor List
1963 563 153 27.20 22 172,666.00 348,653.00 Donor List
1964 628 225 35.80 59 1,005,000.00 1,294,890.00 6,018,520.00 Donor List
1965 522 160 30.70 28 203,177.00 254,984.00 Donor List
1966 556 162 29.10 27 120,667.00 290,327.00 Donor List
1967 617 193 31.30 31 236,802.00 498,714.00 Donor List
1968 560 152 27.10 13 68,311.00 90,940.00 Donor List
1969 586 183 31.20 29 296,147.00 631,403.00 831,403.00 Donor List
1970 605 140 23.10 24 123,302.00 139,152.00 Donor List
1971 676 166 24.60 32 302,587.00 1,458,930.00 Donor List
1972 597 117 19.60 20 138,142.00 278,967.00 Donor List
1973 533 126 23.60 15 116,750.00 241,425.00 Donor List
1974 581 162 27.90 39 227,601.00 369,032.00 612,985.00 Donor List
1975 579 128 22.10 19 465,278.00 649,324.00 Donor List
1976 619 119 19.20 23 100,846.00 145,361.00 Donor List
1977 573 134 23.40 28 311,104.00 457,119.00 Donor List
1978 607 135 22.20 26 168,309.00 537,203.00 Donor List
1979 613 143 23.30 30 238,161.00 481,645.00 1,291,640.00 Donor List
1980 594 120 20.20 17 177,788.00 564,376.00 Donor List
1981 645 135 20.90 20 403,770.00 541,565.00 Donor List
1982 703 147 20.90 35 468,858.00 672,349.00 Donor List
1983 694 142 20.50 26 452,966.00 824,421.00 Donor List
1984 707 177 25.00 32 470,700.00 1,270,440.00 1,390,440.00 Donor List
1985 729 154 21.10 32 610,543.00 2,305,860.00 Donor List
1986 679 143 21.10 29 290,382.00 966,847.00 Donor List
1987 801 186 23.20 31 535,055.00 914,733.00 Donor List
1988 800 195 24.40 38 1,156,160.00 4,204,880.00 Donor List
1989 788 266 33.80 70 1,388,850.00 1,608,040.00 3,888,300.00 Donor List
1990 783 201 25.70 37 194,057.00 356,279.00 Donor List
1991 809 196 24.20 33 189,765.00 386,086.00 Donor List
1992 839 173 20.60 30 251,133.00 348,297.00 Donor List
1993 847 181 21.40 22 215,014.00 247,884.00 Donor List
1994 783 163 20.80 26 94,955.00 110,444.00 110,444.00 Donor List
1995 862 136 15.80 18 58,480.00 64,735.00 Donor List
1996 864 158 18.30 18 126,217.00 395,592.00 Donor List
1997 884 176 19.90 21 125,989.00 162,444.00 Donor List
1998 890 143 16.10 11 51,713.00 117,018.00 Donor List
1999 873 191 21.90 24 135,542.00 212,687.00 452,687.00 Donor List
2000 989 161 16.30 15 60,045.00 82,682.00 Donor List
2001 971 183 18.80 16 51,104.00 100,064.00 Donor List
2002 1,004 170 16.90 17 66,039.00 77,226.00 Donor List
2003 987 169 17.10 21 55,588.00 78,911.00 Donor List
2004 1,083 197 18.20 18 67,650.00 82,600.00 82,600.00 Donor List
2005 980 207 21.10 27 57,566.00 69,570.00 Donor List
2006 1,052 190 18.10 24 68,136.00 81,899.00 Donor List
2007 1,041 200 19.20 18 25,232.00 38,157.00 Donor List
2008 1,054 223 21.20 20 38,064.00 52,019.00 Donor List
2009 1,106 189 17.10 10 32,488.00 38,748.00 88,748.00 Donor List
2010 1,094 247 22.60 38 35,818.00 47,710.00 Donor List
2011 1,061 241 22.70 30 24,353.00 32,686.00 Donor List
2012 1,113 284 25.50 20 22,333.00 152,705.00 Donor List
2013 1,156 256 22.10 16 16,273.00 21,786.00 Donor List
2014 1,072 592 55.20 22 21,695.00 24,965.00 24,965.00 Donor List

Why I Give Back

Columbia’s commitment to the Core has provided my friends and me a breadth of knowledge just wide enough that it doesn’t sacrifice depth. Because the Core is built this way, each of us can take the bits and pieces that are meaningful to us to forge a unique relationship with Columbia that extends far beyond the gates of 116th and that somewhat fuzzy May of senior year.

Vesal Yazdi ’11

... I am constantly reminded that my time at Morningside Heights represented the starting place of my journey as an adult — a journey comprising infinite experiences — bound by nothing. ... Instilled by the Core and nurtured by interactions with classmates and friends, I departed from Columbia with one critical realization at the forefront of my mind: that the intellectual process is many times, if not most, more valuable than the answer. As I approach my ninth year as an alumnus, I strive earnestly each day to transform that realization into a reality — a challenge I find befitting of a Columbia College graduate.

Ganesh Betanabhatla ’05

My Columbia experience has been truly enriched by my involvement in the Columbia College Student Council. ... In my current role as the Class of 2015 president, I’m always astounded by how the definition of this community evolves because of the diversity that exists in thought, experience, ethnicity, academic pursuits, concerns and more within the student body. For me, it creates a renewed sense of curiosity and I believe this is what truly makes Columbia unique — it’s a university where the diversity within our gates reflects that of New York City and the world.

Kareem D. Carryl ’15

Nearly a decade after graduation, as I follow my classmates’ extraordinary accomplishments in government, academia, medicine, law and the arts, and at their own start-ups, my respect and appreciation for the education we received at the College (and my desire to give back as an alum) continues to grow. My commitment to a career in public service was solidified by my undergraduate experience organizing Columbia Community Outreach, with support from the alumni community. 

Diana Benton Schecter ’05

A person will face any number of challenges throughout his or her life — both personal and professional — but it is the thought process to solve those problems that is the key to success. Columbia gives students the tools to think critically and expand their worldview. It is a path we embarked on College Walk and continue on today.

Joanna Herman ’98 and Brooks Herman ’98

Having been born in Colombia, and having lived in the United States, Switzerland and now Brazil for the past 25 years, I can tell you that no matter where you live in the world, being a part of the Columbia community will always be rewarding. The education that I received at our alma mater and the Core both gave me a foundation for life. The Columbia community has been an important part of my life ever since, always central and key in my success.

Diana Moreinis Nasser ’87

I spent four years at Columbia College as a student who learned so much from my professors, my classmates and the two deans of Columbia College. Dean Lawrence Chamberlain [GSAS’45] and Dean Nicholas McKnight [’21] were always concerned with having the best faculty in the country. They were brilliant and warm individuals. I found learning and warmth from faculty, and classmates provided me with good thoughts and good relations and I am very grateful. Graduating from Columbia inspired in me an urge to create and succeed.

Howard Falberg ’54

My Columbia College education made me more uncomfortable about the course of world events on the one hand, and more self-reflective on the other. When students and former students embrace their College education, they join a community of lifelong learners. Members of this community share a Core and a commitment — to better know ourselves as individuals and to enlighten the course of civilization. This voyage challenges us like no other, but as Aeneas says in 1:239, ‘A joy it will be one day… to remember even this.’

Chuck Callan ’78

It’s easy to forget that the Columbia experience isn’t over when you graduate and go beyond College Walk. Having worked and studied on three continents, I’ve found Columbia alums, current students and faculty all over the world. From seeing the unveiling of Greg Wyatt ’71’s statue of Macbeth in Stratford-upon-Avon, to welcoming the next generation of students in Beijing, Columbians are doing amazing things and creating communities everywhere.

Stephanie Lung ’04

... We are hopeful that by giving back we can influence the next generation of leaders who will continue the cycle of giving. The experiences [we’ve had] and people we’ve met because of Columbia have been invaluable to our careers and lives in general. We are both extremely grateful for the doors the College has opened for us and the friends we've made (and continue to make) through CU. Columbia holds a special place in our hearts, as we never would have met otherwise. We are engaged to be married in 2015.

Ralph DeBernardo ’09 (football) and Kaitlyn Busler ’10 (field hockey)

Attending Columbia was single-handedly one of the best decisions I've made. Columbia fostered my academic interests in science in ways unimaginable and afforded me the opportunity to work in the labs of several esteemed scientists, including Nobel Laureate Dr. Eric Kandel [P: BUS88]. My first journal publication is from research I completed in a neuroscience lab as an undergraduate. ... As an alumna, I donate to the College and am a volunteer ... because it’s important for me to remain connected to this institution and ensure that students continue to have the same amazing experiences I had.

Brittany Dubose ’08

We support the College because it is the best thing that has ever happened to our son Ricardo ’16. He feels that everyone in this world should have the opportunity to experience the Core. We are so impressed by his knowledge, maturity and changes! We are confident that because of Columbia and the Core, he will be prepared to handle any situation. We are also so grateful for the brilliant professors who give him time and attention outside the classroom, so we want to help the College continue this amazing work.

Lucila and Alejandro Vollbrechthausen P: ’16

A freshman commuter, I learned to read ‘Homer’ while holding the handrail on the subway to Sheepshead Bay. A year later, with a scholarship, I was able to live on campus until graduation. We pre-meds were obsessed with excelling in our science courses, especially organic chemistry. ... I became a professor of anesthesiology at P&S. Some time ago, I was asked to anesthetize [an] esteemed professor of organic chem. ‘Any questions for me, sir?’ ‘Yes, I have one. What were your grades?’ ‘B+, B+, both terms.’ ‘Not bad, not bad.’ We shook hands and smiled. We knew we just shared a unique Columbia moment.

Allen Hyman ’55, P: ’85, ’88, PS’90