Planned Giving


What is Planned Giving?

A planned gift can help you maximize your charitable donations to TC by employing strategies and choosing gift options tailored to your particular needs and goals.

Planned gifts include bequests, charitable gift annuities, remainder and lead trusts, a pooled income fund and giving through one's IRA or life insurance.

A planned gift is customized according to your needs and the assets you wish to use. A planned gift is a charitable donation and there are tax benefits which can offset the cost of the gift and play an important part of a donor's overall financial strategy.

With careful planning, a donor can make their ultimate gift and achieve, philanthropically, more than they thought possible while simultaneously providing for their families and meeting their personal needs.

A planned gift to Teachers College can:

  • Help you attain your charitable goals
  • Offer substantial tax benefits for you
  • Provide income to you for the rest of your life

It will also:

  • Earn you membership into the Grace Dodge Society
  • Confirm your lasting commitment to the College

Planned giving helps to sustain TC's standards of excellence and ensures its future success and vitality. A planned gift to Teachers College helps build an enduring legacy for generations of TC students in education, psychology, health and related fields.

Contact Us

Phone: (212) 678-3231



Office of Planned Giving
Teachers College
Columbia University
525 West 120th Street, Box 306
New York, NY 10027
(212) 678 3392
(866) 782 4438 (toll free)

Planned Giving Options

Charitable Bequests

A Charitable Bequest is the simplest way to provide future support to Teachers College. A will can be made at any age, and by anyone who wishes to support the programs at Teachers College. 

Gifts that Provide an Income

For those who wish to make a gift to Teachers College but are concerned about current income, Teachers College offers the Charitable Gift Annuity and Pooled Income Fund programs. In return for an irrevocable gift, the College agrees to pay you and/or another person you may choose an income for life. 

Charitable Trusts

You can provide income to yourself or your loved ones and for the College with a Charitable Remainder Trust. A Charitable Lead Trust can allow you to make a current gift to Teachers College, with tax benefits for you or your children or deferred income, diversifying your assets, and giving you significant tax benefits. 

Gifts of Retirement Plan Assets

Retirement plan assets are among the best assets to use for charitable gifts because normally they are highly taxed in your estate. Naming Teachers College as a beneficiary of your retirement plan can provide significant tax savings.

Gifts of Life Insurance

If you no longer have use for your paid-up life insurance policy or wish to donate an existing policy or create a new policy, you can use it to make a charitable gift by designating Teachers College as a beneficiary to your life insurance policy or by giving the policy to the College outright. Either way, you can be eligible for substantial tax savings.

Gifts of Tangible Personal Property

You can also make a gift of personal property not considered tangible, such as royalties on published works. Teachers College can accept gifts of personal archives but only subject to prior approval. Contact the Office of Planned Giving to discuss guidelines for a gift of this kind.

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