Gift Planning

Gift Planning

Donor Stories

Columbia alumni and friends are making more possible through Gift Planning.

See how Columbians are paving the way for future students, faculty, and pivotal projects.

Every day, Columbia University and its alumni community are expanding the boundaries of what’s possible—in the boardroom, courtroom, operating room, newsroom, classroom, and beyond. One driving force behind these advances: the alumni and friends who make more possible today and every day through Planned Giving.


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Carlos Medeiros ’85BUS

“The outstanding education I got at Columbia Business School was instrumental to my very fulfilling career.”

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Marcella Stapor ’59GS

"Seeing what my gift means to the students has been one of the highlights of my life."

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Jooyun "Julie" Oh Ybarra ’98BUS

"When you make a charitable gift, start with your most appreciated securities."

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Cindy Tether ’80BUS

"Columbia prepared me with a great education, and now I feel blessed to be able to give back."

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Phillip Smith ’61CC, ’69GSAPP and Doug Thompson ’70GSAPP

"At some point in your life, you have to take what you've built up and share it in meaningful ways."

Omar ’59SEAS and Camella Wing

"Columbia taught me what quality education is all about."

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Dorothy Butler Gilliam '61JRN

"A commitment to fighting for diversity in the media has been central to my life and career."

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Marian Chuan '57SW

"If we commit our lives to making things better, even just a little, we can change the world."

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Jeff and Linda Franklin

When Jeff Franklin '68SEAS was accepted to Columbia with a full-tuition scholarship, the economical choice would have been to commute from his childhood home in Brooklyn.

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Stephen Buchman ’59CC, ’62LAW

When Stephen Buchman '59CC, '62LAW thinks about the major pivot points in his life, attending Columbia College tops the list.

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Milagro Ruiz ’84GS

Milagro Ruiz remembers standing on the steps of Low Library for the first time, looking out at the campus she was about to call home.

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Jerome Chazen '50BUS

The year was 1990. Four decades had passed since Jerry Chazen graduated from Columbia Business School, and he never did spend much time looking back.

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Keville Frederickson Tomasson '64NRS, '74TC

Keville Frederickson Tomasson '64NRS, '74TC transferred to Columbia from Illinois midway through her nursing program.

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Al Bagnoli, Patricia and Shepard Alexander Head Coach of Football

When Al Bagnoli was named Columbia's head football coach in the spring of 2015, many considered it a coup.

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Emil Bahary ’57BUS, ’62SEAS, ’69SEAS; Kamel Bahary ’54CC; and Bill Bahary ’61GSAS

For brothers Kamel, Emil, and Bill Bahary, Columbia University is more than just their alma mater.

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Barbara Campagna '86GSAPP

Barbara Campagna '86GSAPP has spent the last three decades preserving historic structures for the benefit of future generations.

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Eleanor (Ellie) Applewhaite '62LAW

Eleanor Applewhaite is planning now to make more possible through charitable gift annuities (CGAs) for Columbia Law School.

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Frank Rinaldi '99SEAS

Frank Rinaldi is planning now to make more possible through a bequest to the Columbia University sailing program.

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Alex Li '73CC

Alex Li is planning now to make more possible for students through a charitable remainder unitrust (CRUT).

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Jane '78PS and Jerry '69CC, '75PS Gliklich

Doctors Jane Salmon and Jerry Gliklich are planning now to make more possible through bequests funding scholarships for Columbia University medical students.


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