Donor Information 

Your giving positions Columbia College to advance and support outsanding academic initiatives, state-of-the-art facilities, the student-life experience, the campus environment and other objectives based on the college's core principles and mission. Thank you for investing in our institution! 

About Columbia College

Founded in 1851, Columbia College has been helping students advance their lives through higher education for more than 160 years. As a private, nonprofit, coeducational liberal arts and sciences college, the college takes pride in its small classes, experienced faculty and quality educational programs. 

Through its network of more than 30 Nationwide locations, the Day Campus and Evening Campus in Columbia, Missouri, and the Online Education program, Columbia College serves more than 25,000 students annually. 

Donor Rights

Columbia College respects the rights of donors. Please refer to the Donor Bill of Rights for policies regarding privacy and transparency.

Public Recognition of Donors 

Columbia College is grateful for the support it receives from alumni, parents and friends like you. Public recognition of support is frequently expressed through lists that may be in electronic or printed forms. If you prefer that your name not be listed, please contact Kenzie Bennett at (573) 875-7607 or

Cash, Credit and Online Gifts

Checks should be made payable to Columbia College and mailed to:
Office of Development
Columbia College
1001 Rogers St., Columbia, MO 65216

Columbia College accepts payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. To make a credit card gift, click here or call toll-free (800) 231-2391, ext. 7563

Matching Gifts

Matching gifts count on all giving levels and are a great way to increase the amount of your donation. If you or your spouse works for a company with a matching gifts program, obtain a matching gift form from your human resources department and include it with your gift to Columbia College.


AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Columbia College every time you shop, at no cost to you. To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select Columbia College to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make on AmazonSmile will result in a donation.

Securities (stock) and/or Real Estate

Ask your agent to call Jason Black at (573) 875-7562 to obtain electronic-transfer instructions.

In-kind Gift of Equipment or Real Property

Ask your agent to call Jason Black at (573) 875-7562 to obtain electronic-transfer instructions.

Gift and Estate Planning

Careful and creative gift and estate planning can maximize the impact of your philanthropy through the development of an individualized approach that complements your financial, tax and estate situation. You can make a lasting impact on Columbia College — supporting our students and programs far into the future — while also meeting your family and financial goals.

The legal name of the college is "Columbia College of Columbia, Missouri".

For more information about planning your gift, please contact Melissa Montgomery Carberry, CFRE at (573) 875-7576.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there unique advantages of giving to Columbia College?
Donors find many advantages in working with Columbia College to support higher education, including: 

    • Uniting donor and Columbia College passions and priorities to achieve excellence, giving you the satisfaction of knowing that you influence the future by improving higher education
    • Responding promptly with an acknowledgement of your gift for tax purposes
    • Helping unite your passion with Columbia College's priorities to give back to the institution that helped you down the road to success
    • Providing up-to-date financial information to donors and information about their gift's impact at Columbia College 

Can I give to my favorite school, department or program?
Of course! The designation of your gift rests entirely in your hands. If you know the name of the school, department or program, simply indicate it in the memo space on your check or in the comments section of the Give Now page. The Advancement Services staff will ensure your contribution reaches the proper area. If you need guidance in designating a gift, our staff and development officers are happy to provide more information about Columbia College's greatest needs. 

Can I make a gift in honor or memory of someone?
Absolutely. Many donors contribute funds to honor a loved one or special individual. If you would like to make your gift in honor or memory of another person, or if you wish to give in another's name, just let us know the details. If a gift is made in memory of someone who has passed away, the college will  notify his or her family of any gifts made in tribute. If a gift is made in honor of someone's life or career, they will be notified of any gifts unless the donor requests anonymity. Columbia College is happy to carry out your wishes!

A family member has passed away, who do I notify?
We are so sorry for your loss. Please contact Kenzie Staloch at (573) 875-7607 or

I want to name a scholarship, space, building, etc. at Columbia College. What's the first step?
Contact one of Columbia College's major gift professionals and share your ideas and dreams at (573) 875-7563 or

Can I make a pledge of support? 
Yes! Gift pledges to Columbia College can be paid in monthly, quarterly or even annual installments after an initial payment. You can pledge online or contact a development officer to set up a pledge payment. 

How can I afford to help Columbia College?
The size of the gift you make is entirely up to you. Donations of all sizes are vital and gratefully accepted. Every dollar the college receives has the potential for exponential growth. Some donors find they can achieve their charitable goals through the many giving opportunities Columbia College provides, such as life insurance, property, real estate and securities, that don't require a large sum of cash on hand. Pledges may also help achieve your goals as a donor. Bear in mind that you may be able to double or even triple your gift by taking advantage of your employer's matching gift program. 

How do I get a tax credit for my charitable donation?
As soon as Columbia College receives your gift, we place it in the designated fund. At the same time, the gift processing staff generates a gift receipt mailed to you for tax purposes generally within the same week. If you do not receive a formal acknowldgement within three weeks, please contact Advancement Services at (573) 875-7562. 

How should I make out my check?
Checks should be made out to "Columbia College" and indicate the fund name, department or purpose for which they're intended in the memo section. You can mail your check to: Development Office, 1001 Rogers Street, Columbia, MO 65216.

Is there someone with whom I can discuss my interest in giving to Columbia College?
The development team at Columbia College is knowledgeable and happy to assist you in any way possible. In addition, Columbia College has development officers who work closely with donors to unite donors and the college's passions and priorities to achieve excellence. Please contact a development officer for more information on giving opportunitites at (573) 875-7563.

What is the difference between restricted and unrestricted gifts?
Unrestricted gifts provide a funding source for Columbia College that is not limited to a specific program, college or department. These gifts are used where most needed throughout the institution. On the other hand, restricted gifts are earmarked for specific purposes chosen by the donor, such as an endowed scholarship or professorship, program or building. Although both unrestricted and restricted gifts are welcome, unrestricted gifts are of critical importance because they allow the college to provide funding in the areas of greatest need to meet unexpected challenges and take advantage of unique opportunities. 

Contact Us

Mail: Columbia College, 1001 Rogers St., Columbia, MO 65216
Phone: (573) 875-7563