Legacy Gifts

Your Legacy, Your Impact…

“The vibrant Jewish life that I now see on campus because of Columbia/Barnard Hillel simply did not exist when I was a student there. It is my responsibility and my pleasure to help ensure that this organization continues to thrive on campus and to provide a Jewish home for generations of students to come. That is why I am including a gift to Columbia/Barnard Hillel in my estate. ” Gerald (Jerry) Zuriff CC ’64

A legacy gift, also known as a planned gift, is a type of gift that many donors choose to make through their estate plans. A legacy gift to Columbia/Barnard Hillel ensures that the programs and experiences that are central to every Jewish student on campus, regardless of background or affiliation, will continue to flourish.   Columbia/Barnard Hillel is an integral campus partner that collaborates with campus groups across Columbia University. A legacy gift can truly sustain Columbia/Barnard Hillel’s presence on campus and in the greater community.

Review your estate plan and see where Columbia/Barnard Hillel may fit in. Your legacy gift to Columbia/Barnard Hillel can support many different areas, including but not limited to:

  • Specific programs, from service trips to weekly Shabbat dinners; 
  • Educational initiatives, including world-renowned speakers and programs;
  • State of the art facilities for our students through building renovations and updated resources;
  • Our outstanding staff and developing targeted staff roles and fellowships.

Learn more about our Legacy Society here.

Types of Legacy Gifts:

Retirement Funds: Making a gift through a retirement asset is a simple way to leave a legacy gift. In order to make this type of a gift, a donor can list Columbia/Barnard Hillel as a beneficiary of a percentage of the retirement assets.

Bequests: Making a gift in your will (a bequest) is a way of perpetuating your support for the role Columbia/Barnard Hillel plays in the lives of Jewish students at Columbia University and Barnard College. It enables a donor to make a significant gift that might otherwise not be possible during his or her lifetime.

Charitable Gift Annuities: A gift that provides income gives the donor and/or another person, such as a spouse, child, or parent, income for life. A charitable gift annuity is created in exchange for gifts of cash or marketable securities, and, at the termination of benefits, it creates a meaningful legacy gift for Columbia/Barnard Hillel.

Endowed Funds: Endowments are funds held in perpetuity that generate an annual income that supports projects that the donor designated. Endowments provide stability and security for Columbia/Barnard Hillel, and can also be created through a bequest or other forms of legacy gifts. Most endowed funds are named in honor of the donor or someone the donor wishes to recognize.


For more information on these legacy gifts, or to speak with someone from our office, please fill out our Legacy Contact Form. For specific questions or to learn about the most fulfilling way for you to leave your legacy, please contact Liz Lebeaux, Director of Development, at liz@hillel.columbia.edu