We understand that you have your own personal reasons for supporting the college. Whether you are looking to "pay it forward," seeking to support a cause about which you are passionate, or interested in giving for some other reason, the CU Foundation provides a variety of giving options to meet your goals.
There are many ways to make a contribution to the college. The first thing you will want to consider is whether you want to give a gift of “current” funds or create an “endowment” that will generate funds for your designated purpose year after year.
Current gifts are funds that the college uses each year for a variety of purposes, from student scholarships to program support. These gifts can be made as cash, credit card payments, automatic withdrawals, or even through donations of stock or other assets.
Endowments draw funds monthly from earnings generated by the invested principal of a gift, thus providing a continuing source of financial support to the college. The interest earned on an endowment can be directed to the purpose you choose to support, such as a scholarship, graduate fellowship, chair or professorship, program, or other specific purpose.
The University of Colorado Foundation contacts engineering alumni each year through letters and phone calls from students to solicit annual gifts to the college. These students can share news about the college and answer your questions as well. If you choose to make a gift, you may designate it for a specific purpose or contribute to the Dean’s Fund for Excellence, which gives the college’s leadership the flexibility to deploy resources where they are needed most.
Individuals who donate $1,000 or more each year to the college's Dean's Fund are invited to become members of the Dean’s Club. This elite membership recognizes donors with a variety of VIP benefits. Contributions to the Dean's Fund give the college’s leadership the flexibility to deploy resources where they are needed most, such as offering competitive financial packages to students, providing support for faculty teaching and research, and advancing technology available in classrooms and laboratories.
> Join the Dean's Club
Current gifts can be made as part of multi-year pledges and through automatic/scheduled withdrawals from your account. These methods give donors the option of making payments toward a larger gift over a period of up to five years.
> Contact us to set up a pledge, or download our Pledge Form
Many people choose to make a gift to the college with assets other than cash. The University of Colorado Foundation is happy to accept gifts of stocks, bonds, mutual funds, or other assets.
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Corporate matching programs maximize the power of employee gifts to the college by doubling or in some cases tripling their impact.
> Find out if your employer has a matching gift program
A minimum gift of $25,000 over a five-year period is needed to establish a scholarship endowment. Scholarships, fellowships, faculty positions, and programs can all be funded through endowments to ensure the support continues year after year.
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You can establish an endowment to honor a former teacher, friend, or loved one through a memorial or honorary gift that bears their name. By establishing an endowment in an individual’s name, you provide a reliable and continuing source of financial support to the college and ensure a continuing legacy for the person you wish to honor. Capital building projects also offer naming opportunities for one-time gifts.
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If you would like to help build the college's long-term financial strength, but you feel you cannot make a significant gift today, you may want to consider a charitable bequest. A charitable bequest allows you to maintain control of your assets throughout your lifetime, while making provisions for a gift through your will or revocable trust. Through a bequest, your financial commitment to the college is payable at the time of your death through your will or a revocable trust.
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Keep up with the latest news about the college by reading the 2013 issue of CUEngineering magazine online.