Gift Planning

Gift Planning

Founders Society

Columbia University Founders Society logo

As an entrepreneur, you’ve always been driven by complex issues. You know that investing in big ideas is a vital element to success.

When it comes to thinking on a grand scale and producing solutions, Columbia leads the way. Make a pledge to support the University's transformational work and become a member of the Founders Society, where your venture's achievements help drive Columbia's success.

Join the Society

Founders Society Members

Photo of Christine Alemany ’04BUS. Link to TBGA
Christine Alemany ’04BUS
Chief Executive Officer
Photo of Gabby Slome Gaddy ’15BUS. Link to Ollie
Gabby Slome Gaddy ’15BUS
Co-founder and Chief Experience Officer
Photo of Sunny Grewal ’13BUS. Link to his Linked In profile
Sunny Grewal ’13BUS
Co-founder and COO
Photo of Shazi Visram ’04BUS. Link to Instagram page
Shazi Visram ’04BUS
Founder & ChairMom
Happy Family
Photo of Bing Wang ’98SEAS, ’07BUS & Yanan Hu ’08BUS. Link to Refuge Biotechnologies
Bing Wang ’98SEAS, ’07BUS & Yanan Hu ’08BUS
Co-founder, Chief Executive Officer
Refuge Biotechnologies


  • What is the Founders Society?
  • Who can become a member of the Founders Society by making a pledge?
  • How does it work?
  • What happens after I make the pledge?
  • Is there a cost to making a pledge and joining the Founders Society?
  • Is the pledge legally binding?
  • What happens if I never exit or the business fails?
  • Is there a minimum pledge percentage?
  • Can I designate my pledge to any area of Columbia University?
  • What tax benefit do I receive by making the pledge?

Contact Us
For more information on Columbia’s Founders Society, please contact Ed Cangialosi, Gift Planning Officer, at ec2731@columbia.edu or (212) 851-7988.


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