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The Colgate Fund

Make the journey possible.
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The Colgate Fund is a crucial resource for this institution, allowing the university to address its greatest needs and opportunities each year. Through the Colgate Fund, gifts from $13 to $13,000 — and more — pool together to make the journey possible for today’s students. Nationwide, unrestricted giving has declined considerably since Fiscal Year 2015, both in dollars and participation. At Colgate, giving amounts have risen 30 percent in that time period while participation has increased by 6 percent.

These numbers translate into real impact for Colgate students. Facts and figures become academic programs, financial aid awards, research projects, off-campus study opportunities, Division-I athletics, artistic expressions, and more. Colgate’s ambitions are bold. We seek students of energy and promise to engage with leading faculty, who will instill in them the knowledge and wisdom they need to address the world’s most challenging problems. The Colgate Fund helps us to achieve those ambitions.

The commitment of our alumni — expressed through gifts to the Colgate Fund and to a variety of specific initiatives across campus — has enabled us to enter our Bicentennial year with confidence and anticipation. Fiscal Year 2018 proves that Colgate’s proud philanthropic tradition is alive and well. Two hundred years after our founding, we can say with certainty that this is just the beginning.

MAKE A GIFT The Colgate journey doesn’t happen by accident. Every year, thousands of alumni, parents, students, and friends contribute to the Colgate Fund, which supports all aspects of the Colgate experience. Their gifts, and yours, make the journey possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I make a gift?
To give to the Colgate Fund you may make a gift online, call 800-668-4428, or mail a check made out to Colgate University to:

Colgate University
P.O. Box 313
Canajoharie, NY 13317
What is the Colgate Fund and why is it important?
The Colgate Fund is a crucial economic resource that supports the university's most urgent needs. Gifts of all sizes pool together to provide the university the ability to make long-term strategic plans and the flexibility to respond in real time to innovative opportunities that arise during the course of any academic year. The Colgate Fund augments income from the university’s endowment and underwrites countless campus initiatives. Out of the total support raised for The Colgate Fund on an annual basis, 25% supports Financial Aid and 50% supports academic programs. Last fiscal year, alumni, parents, students, and friends of the university contributed $6,000,000 toward the Colgate Fund. When you make a gift to the Colgate Fund, you make a gift in support of everything at Colgate.
Is the Colgate Fund a new fundraising priority for the university?
No. The Colgate Fund was previously called the Unrestricted Annual Fund and has long been one of Colgate's highest priorities because the university is able to direct the money in this fund to any area of campus where it is needed most.
What does the Colgate Fund support?
The Colgate Fund supports everything at Colgate, including academics, financial aid, the arts, athletics, student research, and more. Your gift to the Colgate Fund supports all the areas of campus that cumulatively define the Colgate experience.
Does my gift make a difference?
Yes! Gifts of all sizes support the university and help provide opportunities for our talented, ambitious students. The average annual gift to Colgate is $100. Furthermore, the percentage of alumni who make a gift of any size is an important metric in determining the health of a university and the engagement of its alumni body. College rankings such as the U.S. News & World Report use the percentage of alumni who give to help determine Colgate's place in national rankings.
Can I join the Presidents' Club with my gift to the Colgate Fund?
Yes, gifts to any designation — including the Colgate Fund — contribute to Presidents' Club membership. To determine your Presidents' Club giving level, visit
I already support another Colgate initiative. Can I also make a gift to the Colgate Fund?
Yes. You can make multiple gifts in a year, or split a single gift between multiple designations, including the Colgate Fund. Thank you for your support!
When is Colgate's fiscal year?
Colgate's fiscal year runs July 1-June 30. Fiscal year 2016 began on July 1, 2015, and will end on June 30, 2016.