Columbia College Chicago

Common Giving Questions

Q: What is President’s Club?

A: The President’s Club is Columbia College Chicago’s premiere gift recognition society honoring individuals who give a fiscal year cumulative gift of $1,000 or more to any area at the college. Benefits include: exclusive invitations to receptions and featured events throughout the year.  President’s Club donors also receive a special recognition pin as well as listing in the Annual Report Honor Roll of Donors.

Q: What is Circle of Contributors?
A: Located in the 600 S. Michigan Ave. Alexandroff Campus Center Lobby, the Circle of Contributors Donor Wall recognizes donor lifetime giving of $10,000 or more.

Q: How do I participate in the Annual Fund?
A: The Annual Fund exists to raise individual donations of $1 - $999 and provide an opportunity for friends, alumni, faculty and staff of Columbia College to contribute at any level. The Annual Fund has a Fall/Spring campaign where gifts may be mailed to the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, 600 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 400, Chicago, IL 60605. 

Q: If I give to a center or institute, does that qualify for the Annual Fund?
A: Yes. 

Q: May I designate my gift to any area on campus?
A: Yes. You may designate your gift to any school, center, department, or museum on campus. For more information on where you may designate your gift, please contact

Q: How do matching gifts work?
A: Many companies will match charitable gifts made by their employees. If you or your spouse is interested in a corporate matching gift, please check with your HR office to obtain matching gift forms. You can check our online search engine if your company participates.

Q: What are the payment options for making a gift?
A: You may make a gift of cash, check, or credit card. For a full list of giving options, please visit Ways to Give.

Q: Can I give anonymously?
A:  Yes- when making a gift, simply indicate with your payment method you would like to remain anonymous.

Q: How do I update my contact information?
A:  If you have moved, changed businesses, a new phone number, or a new email address and would like to stay in touch with Columbia College Chicago, please send an email to