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Giving to the College of Liberal Arts

The sky is not the limit for Purdue University in the eyes of President Emerita France A. Córdova. Helping undergraduate and graduate students succeed is a top priority. "We must ensure that good students have access to a Purdue education and the support to succeed," Córdova said. "The loan burden will be greatly reduced. Students from all financial backgrounds will benefit."

To that end, securing funds to support student scholarships is at the heart of Access and Success, a $304 million fundraising campaign to expand student aid and programs. Within the College, particular emphasis is placed on creating endowments to support first generation college students and those students who participate in study abroad programs.

Because opportunities often arise that are not anticipated as part of the budgeting process, gifts to the College that are not designated for a specific purpose (unrestricted gifts) are welcomed.

Without private support, Purdue University and the College of Liberal Arts cannot achieve its ambitious vision of becoming a preeminent university and a world leader. Only 51 percent of the University's operating budget comes from state funding and student fees, a fact that underscores the importance of private gifts.

Where Your Gift is Needed

  • Student Scholarship and Fellowship Support
    Purdue's commitment to attracting the best and brightest students without regard to economic background is costly, yet it is critical to achieving our mission of access and opportunity for all. Funding is necessary for endowed scholarships, fellowships, and awards that translate into real opportunities for our students.
  • Teaching
    Purdue's faculty members are not only producing research that has a positive impact on our world, they touch the lives of students as they educate the leaders of tomorrow. The College seeks additional financial resources for endowed chairs, professorships, and research funds to recruit and retain the world's most exciting scholars and teachers.
  • Programs and Centers
    Community involvement— both near and far—is one of Purdue's fundamental values. From experiential learning to research centers, community services, and arts programs, the College of Liberal Arts reaches out to build mutually rewarding relationships with real-life benefits. With additional funding for its programs and centers, the College can continue to develop initiatives that support hands-on learning and collaboration with partners both on campus and off.
  • Facilities and Equipment
    At Purdue, we’re constantly evolving our facilities to give our faculty and students the very best resources for pursuing knowledge and putting it to work in our world. People are the key to excellence, but the College needs the very best facilities to achieve preeminence.
  • Unanticipated Opportunities
    Gifts that are not designated for a specific purpose (unrestricted gifts) are critically important because they allow the College to respond positively and quickly to needs as they arise. Unrestricted funds can mean the difference between a missed opportunity and a breakthrough discovery, improved student learning, or a new experience significantly impacts our students.

Gifts and How to Make them

  • Outright gifts of cash, stock or other securities.  Securities may be transferred as gifts to the College using various methods.
  • Planned Gifts, defined as commitments you make to the university that will benefit the College at some future date. Planned gifts could include a will provision, a charitable remainder annuity trust, a charitable remainder unitrust, an estate gift, or life insurance.
  • Matching Gifts from your employer are added to your gift, and the total contribution qualifies you for membership.
  • Personal Property and gifts-in-kind that fit the College's objectives are accepted and may include works of art, royalties, property, real estate, and equipment.
  • On-line gifts can be made to the College, a specific department, or other programs that you wish to designate.  You can make a gift online through our secure website using your credit card (VISA, MasterCard, Discover or American Express), your debit card, or directly from your checking account.  Click here to make a gift online.

Corporate Matching Gifts

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees. To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, please click on the link below, it will take you to the Purdue University Matching Gifts page.

If your company is eligible, request a matching gift form from your employer, and send it completed and signed with your gift. We will do the rest. The impact of your gift to this organization may be doubled or possibly tripled! Some companies match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses.

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