Annual Giving

Make an Immediate Impact

Your Gift Each Year Supports TC Every Day

The TC Fund is responsible for raising over $2 million for the College’s annual budget in gifts from alumni and friends each year. Monies contributed to the Annual Fund support all aspects of the College including our world-class faculty, student financial aid, groundbreaking research, visionary programs and curricula, and much more. Everything that happens at the College year in and year out is supported by TC’s Annual Fund, and every gift, no matter the amount, makes a difference.

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Gifts to the Fund can be made in honor or in memory of someone, and can be directed toward general support, financial aid, or one of our ten program areas. Every gift makes a real difference, and provides funding that enables the College to meet yearly budgetary needs and the flexibility to address immediate and emerging needs as they arise throughout the year.

Participation in the Annual Fund by our alumni is crucial. Foundations, corporations, and other grantmakers include contributions by alumni in their evaluations of colleges and universities. The more alumni contribute to the Annual Fund—no matter the amount—the more likely they are to consider major grants to the institution.

The fiscal year at TC runs from September 1 each year to August 31 the following year. The earlier in the fiscal year you make your contribution, the more flexibility TC has in directing Annual Fund monies to its most crucial needs.

TC Fund donors are recognized at designated levels through two special membership societies: The John Dewey Circle (for gifts of $1,000 and above) and The Maxine Greene Society (for donors of any amount who contribute to the Fund for three or more consecutive years).

Contact Susan Scherman at 212 678-8176 for more information.

John Dewey Circle

In Honor of Inspired Leadership

The John Dewey Circle brings together generous and loyal alumni and friends who support Teachers College through a yearly contribution of $1,000 or more to the TC Fund. These leadership gifts are a vital mainstay of our operating budget and enable the College to support its world-class faculty and exceptional students in advancing groundbreaking research and programs.

The John Dewey Circle is named for the renowned progressive educator and academic philosopher who was a member of TC’s faculty from 1904–1930 and is one of the College’s most iconic figures. Dewey’s vision of learning through doing continues to guide the work of Teachers College.

Members of the John Dewey Circle are invited to special TC events, and can have the opportunity to witness the impact of their generosity through various member experiences. All Dewey Circle members are recognized in a special section of TC’s Annual Report.

Each level of membership in the John Dewey Circle comes with a set of unique accompanying experiences:

Circle Members: $1,000 to $4,999
Invitation to annual Dewey Society reception with TC President Thomas Bailey, and VIP seating at special events.

Scholar’s Circle: $5,000 to $9,999
Enjoy all Circle Members benefits, plus a special invitation to walk with the Alumni Council at convocation ceremonies each May, and priority seating at commencement exercises.

Provost’s Circle: $10,000 to $14,999
Enjoy all Scholar’s Circle benefits, plus invitations to special faculty events and the annual reception honoring recipients of the Teachers College Medal for Distinguished Service.

Trustee’s Circle: $15,000 to $24,999
Enjoy all Provost’s Circle benefits, plus an invitation to a special reception with members of the Board of Trustees.

President’s Circle: $25,000 to $49,999
Enjoy all Trustee’s Circle benefits, plus lunch or dinner with President Thomas Bailey.

Founder’s Circle: $50,000 or more
Enjoy all President’s Circle benefits, plus special additional recognition in donor listings and event programs.

All contributions are tax-deductible. Giving year extends from September 1 to August 31.

Maxine Greene Society

Join a Community with Common Purpose

Members of the Maxine Greene Society are alumni, friends, faculty and staff who have supported the TC Fund through a gift at any level every year for three consecutive years or more. This sustained giving enables the College to support its highest priorities in scholarship and research as well as to meet unexpected critical needs.

The 1,800 Maxine Greene Society members are invited to attend special TC events, meet with faculty and students to learn about groundbreaking work taking place at TC and are recognized in the TC Annual Report.

The Maxine Greene Society recognizes a community of donors whose committed participation—year after year—exemplifies the values of Professor Emerita Maxine Greene, a beloved and respected teacher, lecturer and author in education philosophy.

Maxine Greene and her work are a touchstone for generations of TC faculty, alumni and students, as well as for scholars and artists around the world. Maxine believed in deep engagement with the world and instilled that passion in all her students over the years. By consistently supporting the TC Fund, Maxine Greene Society members carry forward her remarkable legacy.

Annual Fund Scholars

Financial support for students is one of our top priorities.

The Annual Fund Scholars program enables donors to underwrite student financial aid packages with gifts of $2,500 or more to the TC Fund designated for financial aid. Gifts are matched by TC’s Board of Trustees and scholars are named in honor of the donor. More than 150 Annual Fund scholars have been named since 2013.

Donors to the Annual Fund Scholars program have opportunities to meet the students they support at events throughout the year. In addition, donors are recognized at the Scholar’s Circle level or above of the John Dewey Circle, in the TC Annual Report and elsewhere.

Support an Annual Fund Scholar

2018-19 Annual Fund Scholars

2017-18 Annual Fund Scholars

2016-17 Annual Fund Scholars

2015-16 Annual Fund Scholars

Ways to Support TC’s Priorities and Key Initiatives With Your Unrestricted Gift

  1. Designate your gift of any size for financial aid and enable more students to graduate without the burden of crushing debt. Or support an individual Annual Fund Scholar by establishing a one-year term scholarship with a gift of $2,500 or above.
  2. Support the groundbreaking work of our faculty and students by designating your gift to the department of your choice.
  3. Designate your gift for general operating expenditures to provide funds for immediate and emerging needs of the College.
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