Your generosity—along with that of our other friends and supporters—makes possible the programs, projects, and fellowships that are the hallmarks of our mission. You get the personal satisfaction of furthering our work, and you also make a personal statement about your values and ideals, help strengthen the future of higher education and our democracy, and leave a lasting legacy. Learn more about what your gift will actually accomplish here.
There are many ways to give, and the best way for you may differ from the best way for someone else. You can write a check or use your credit card. You can transfer stock, bonds, retirement plan assets, or real estate—often with tax advantages. You can make a gift that costs you nothing right now, such as a gift in your will or naming us as the beneficiary of an IRA, life insurance policy, or financial account. You can make a gift that secures a lifetime income stream for you and/or others. We’ve made it easy to explore various gift opportunities here.
A gift in your will lets you plan a gift now that will be completed sometime in the future. It costs you nothing today, and you can change your gift during your lifetime if your needs or circumstances change. Simply designate in your will that at your death, Citizens & Scholars will receive a specific amount or property, a percentage of your estate, or even what remains in your estate after all other obligations have been met. You can easily add a gift to an existing will by using a codicil. Read more about this popular way to give.
Every situation is different, and sometimes the best fit isn’t immediately clear. We are always here to help! We would be happy to send you more information, run calculations that may bring clarity to your decision-making, or schedule a confidential conversation. Please reach out here.
Yes! An unrestricted gift goes into our general fund to support our overall mission. However, you can choose to direct your gift to a certain program, fellowship, or goal. Simply specify your wishes in a letter of intent, create a Memorandum of Agreement, or write it in the memo portion of your check. Learn more about making your gift more meaningful here.
We value your support! We encourage you to explore the website now so you can be aware of your gift options when the time is right. You may be interested in easy ways to make significant gifts that cost you nothing today. Read more about ways to plan now and give later, and please contact us if you have any questions specific to your personal circumstances.