The Annual Fund
The collective annual support of alumni and friends enables Columbia Journalism School to attract the very best students, regardless of their economic circumstances. Fully expended every year, the Annual Fund accounts for roughly 16% of the school's scholarship budget. Yet there is scope and need to make our scholarship program much stronger still, to move as close as possible to meeting the full demonstrated financial need of our students and assure that this incredibly rich journalism education is available to any qualified candidate who seeks it out.
EVERY GIFT COUNTS
Every gift to the Annual Fund—no mater the size—makes an immediate and palpable difference in our students' lives. Last year, gifts from more than 1,560 Annual Fund donors added up to more than $1 million—the equivalent of the school's average scholarship award for 80 M.S. students. It would take $20 million in endowment funds to generate that level of support for scholarships in a single year.
The Dean's Circle is a group of alumni whose leadership support and enthusiastic commitment to Columbia Journalism School sets an example and inspires others. Donors qualify for the Dean's Circle with annual gifts of $1,000 or more ($500 for graduates from the last ten years), based on total gifts in a given fiscal year (July 1 – June 30). In addition, a donation of $5,000 or above to the Annual Fund allows the school to award a scholarship in the donor's honor, and the donor will be invited to meet with the recipient(s) at an annual event.