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There are many ways for alumni and friends to make a gift to the Columbus School of Law. Whether you give of your time, money, or both, your participation has an immediate and long-term impact on the quality and excellence of education and programming CUA can provide for our current law students and for generations to come. Financial gifts to the law school are eligible for a charitable income tax deduction. Gifts might also be qualified for you or your spouse's employer matching gift program. Each gift will make an important difference.




Cash and Credit Card are the gifts of choice for most donors, either as an annual gift or pledged over a period of several years. Checks should be made out to The Catholic University of America with a note in the memo line indicating the fund to which the gift should be credited. While most donors send personal checks, the Columbus School of Law also accepts cash gifts by wire transfer or credit card. You may download this form to send via mail or fax with your gift.

Securities are a great alternative way to give. By giving appreciated securities held long-term (one year or more), you can deduct the full market value of your stock, saving income taxes and capital gains taxes on the appreciated amount. To make a gift of stock via wire transfer, please contact Phil Orleans, major gifts officer, at 202-319-4638.

Matching Gifts are a wonderful way to double and sometimes triple your support of the school. Many companies and some law firms will match a gift made by an alumnus or spouse. If you or your spouse work for an employer offering this benefit, please contact your personnel office about the appropriate forms and processes to secure this additional gift for the school.

Planned Gifts include a variety of life-income plans that can provide income to you and/or beneficiaries you designate, for life or for a specified term of up to 20 years. Planned gifts also include lead trusts or gifts of real estate, tangible personal property, closely held stock, life insurance and a remainder interest in your home.

Testamentary Gifts are a wonderful way to leave a legacy at the school for generations to come. Such gifts to the law school can be made in several ways, including: an outright cash bequest for endowment purposes or a gift of specified assets, such as securities, real estate or tangible personal property (e.g., artwork, jewelry or antiques).


  • Designated Scholarship Funds
  • Columbus Community Legal Services (Clinical Programs)
  • Institutes and Special Programs
  • Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP)
  • Faculty Resources
  • Library and Technology

Endowment Funding Opportunities:

Endowed Institute $3 million

Endowed Faculty Chair $2.5 million

Endowed (Full) Scholarship $500,000

Endowed Research Fellow $300,000

Endowed Lecture Series $250,000

Endowed Internship $100,000

Endowed (Partial) Scholarship $50,000

For additional information on how to make a gift to the law school, please contact:

The Catholic University of America

Columbus School of Law

Development Office

3600 John McCormack Road, NE

Suite 339

Washington, DC 20064

Phone: (202) 319-5670 or 1-877-7CUALAW

Fax: (202) 319-4051