Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make my gift?

The quickest way to make a gift to the Klingenstein Center is to use our secure online giving form on the website. All major credit cards are accepted and you will receive immediate confirmation of your gift.

If you are mailing a check, please be sure to make the check out to the Klingenstein Center, Teachers College, and send it to: The Klingenstein Center for Independent School Leadership, Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street, 204 Zankel, Box 125, New York, NY 10027.

How can I designate my gift to a specific program?

Donors can choose to direct their gifts to the Klingenstein Center’s endowment or to specifically support scholarship for any or all of the leadership programs through the Scholars Fund by designating them for: General Scholarship, which allows the Center to use the funds in the program where they are needed most; or selecting the Year-long Master’s program; the Summer Intensive Master’s program; the Heads program; or the Summer Institute for Early Career Teachers. Unless specifically designated, gifts to the Scholars Fund will be applied to general scholarship.

What is the matching gift program?

Contact your Human Resources office to see if your organization matches charitable gifts to Teachers College. If so, your gift may be worth two or three times as much.

Occasionally, foundations provide challenge grants to the Klingenstein Center for matching gifts. Alumni and friends of the Center will be given the opportunity to make gifts in support of these grants.

Will my gift be eligible for tax credit?

All Klingenstein Center supporters receive official receipts of their gift for tax purposes from the Teachers College development office.

When does the Klingenstein Center ask for support?

The Klingenstein Center’s fiscal year runs from September 1 through August 31. Solicitations for the annual Scholars’ Fund generally begin each October and end in August.

How often will I be contacted?

We send three to four direct appeals annually and work with alumni and students to reach as many individuals as possible. Once you make a Scholars’ Fund gift, you will be removed from the general mailing list. If you make your gift by December 31st, you will receive a year-end tax advantage and save the Center additional postage from print mailings.