Alex Li is planning now to make more possible for students through a charitable remainder unitrust (CRUT).
Augustus John Rush Jr., MD, ’68PS, is a world-renowned psychiatrist.
For brothers Kamel, Emil, and Bill Bahary, Columbia University is more than just their alma mater. It's their intellectual home.
“I attended Columbia thanks to a generous scholarship. I’m planning my gift now so that others like me can study what they love and make an impact.”
Ben Hughes ’96BUS didn’t take the usual route to business school.
The world opened up for Brian Chang ’93CC when he came to Columbia.
“The generosity of the Columbia community changed the course of my entire family’s life.”
“I hope for the better. I think we all do, but I think most Columbia graduates go out into the world hoping to improve it.”
“The outstanding education I got at Columbia Business School was instrumental to my very fulfilling career.”
"Columbia prepared me with a great education, and now I feel blessed to be able to give back."
Dan Baker `76CC learned to be generous of self when he was an undergraduate at Columbia, a value he put into service after graduation in his successful career in non-profits and consulting.
David F. A. Walker ’80CC worked in fundraising for 30 years and was still raising money for nonprofits after his retirement, but didn't have any charities in his will until he got a call from Columbia’s gift planning office.
"My hope is that my gifts expand access to the study of journalism to those who couldn't otherwise afford it."
Dr. Theo George Wilson first connected with Columbia’s Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute through his late wife Claudia Land, who went back to school at Columbia later in life.
For Eleanor (Ellie) S. Applewhaite ’62LAW, who attended law school at the height of the civil rights movement, her Columbia connections proved indispensable.
Growing up in a family of modest means, Ellen Pan, MD, had the ambition, intelligence, and dedication required for a successful career in medicine—as well as the foresight to understand the economic challenge presented by medical school.
Growing up in Waterbury, Connecticut, Erin Zyko Hussein’92CC ’95LAW knew what she wanted in a college: academic rigor and a strong medieval studies program.
“It’s that simple to impact someone’s whole life for the better.”
“I have always had a fondness for Lamont; they do great work, and I received a great education,” Frank says. “Because of the education I received, I had a very fortunate business career. "
Frank Rinaldi is planning now to make more possible through a bequest to the Columbia University sailing program.
“My hope is to support students like me.”
The love of film has been ingrained in Gordon Kit ’76CC since childhood, when he frequented drive-in theaters with his family.
As a first-generation college student, earned two master’s degrees from Columbia University, in international affairs in 1976 followed by an MBA in 1977.
Hartley “Harty” Platt du Pont `76SOA has enjoyed several successful careers led by her love of art and sports and her time at Columbia.
Dr. Hasan Bazari ’76CC, ’78GSAS and ’79GSAS understands what it means to pay it forward and he knows from experience the importance of giving back.
“I just loved school and particularly loved Columbia. Now I want to reciprocate.”
"It was important to us to see the effects of our giving now."
As student protests roiled the campus, Spring 1968 was a pivotal moment in Columbia University’s history—and a profoundly formative one for John Seibert ’69SEAS.
"When you make a charitable gift, start with your most appreciated securities."
“I've always thought of Columbia as part of my family, and I want to help future students feel that same connection.”
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“The entire university seemed wide open intellectually, and I found that very attractive.”
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Linda Winslow, ’67JN, got in on the ground floor of the creation of public television and from its inception was a producer of PBS NewsHour.
For Louis A. Parks,’95GSAS, ’03BUS, ’12GS, learning is a lifelong undertaking.
"Seeing what my gift means to the students has been one of the highlights of my life."
"If we commit our lives to making things better, even just a little, we can change the world."
Growing up in West Orange, New Jersey, Matthew Waldman ’02CC hoped he would follow in his family’s footsteps to the University of Pennsylvania, where his father and older brother were graduates.
Michele Esposito ’96CC is a very active volunteer at Columbia College: She currently serves on the Columbia College Alumni Association board of directors.
“By investing in Columbia students, I feel like I'm giving to the world.”
"Columbia taught me what quality education is all about."
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“There is a real joy in giving to an institution that you love. That’s the magic of it. You can advance scholarship, teaching, and learning in one of the world’s best universities. ”
Riley Jones IV ’17CC didn’t wait until graduation to launch his career. He was a sophomore when he co-founded Bloc, an organization designed to help students of color find jobs and internships after graduation.
Rex Smith’s career was launched at age 7, when he created a neighborhood newspaper, The Maywood Roundup.
“My parents wanted to give those who were interested in pursuing the field of nursing an opportunity to do so by opening a scholarship fund to make that dream possible.”
“Columbia has been a gift to my family. I want someone else to have that gift, and hopefully, with endowed scholarships, it’ll be a forever gift.”
Steven Young, DMD, an oral surgeon, graduated from the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine in 1999. He and his wife, who attended the School of Social Work, chose to give back to Columbia by creating a Charitable Remainder Unitrust.
“It’s so important to show your gratitude, to help make more possible for the next generation and to continue to break down barriers. For these reasons, giving back was easy for me to do.”