Areas of Need
Gifts from alumni and friends fill a critical funding niche in helping the Silver School of Social Work offer talented students access to a world-class education, and maintaining a level of excellence across the School’s academic spectrum.
Areas where gifts are needed most include:
- Undergraduate scholarships: Gifts for scholarships help attract promising students and ease the burden of rising tuition.
- Graduate fellowships: Graduate and professional students contribute greatly to the Silver School’s intellectual community. They conduct research, lead outreach efforts, and complete project-based learning activities while developing into experts in their fields. Endowing fellowships allows donors to direct their giving where it's most meaningful for them.
- Faculty support: Top teachers and researchers are the lifeblood of the University and the Silver School. Gifts ensure excellence through endowed chairs and professorships, and faculty development. Private support often provides seed funding that launches path-breaking research into some of the world's most pressing issues.
Types of Gifts
The Silver School relies on alumni and friends to contribute on an annual basis to support students and programs at the school.
Student Scholarships and Fellowships
Scholarship and fellowship support enhances the School’s ability to reward outstanding students and may provide student aid based on merit or financial need.
Chairs and Professorships
A named chair or professorship recognizes scholarly excellence and is the highest honor the School can bestow upon its faculty.
An endowment is vital because it provides a lifetime source of income that continues to grow over time. In addition to providing permanent and everlasting support for the Silver School of Social Work, it secures your legacy at NYU forever. Endowment funds are strategically invested by NYU, and the Silver School receives a portion of the earnings every year. An endowment may be named for an individual, a family, or someone the donor wishes to honor.
Additional Endowment Giving Opportunities
- Academic programs
- Research institutes and centers
- Lecture series
How to make a Gift
Cash gifts can be made using cash, credit or debit card, personal check, cashier's check, or money order made payable to New York University Silver School of Social Work.
Gifts of Stocks, Securities, and Bonds
Gifts of stocks, securities, and bonds provide considerable tax advantages when transferred to the Silver School of Social Work before they are sold.
Gifts of Real Estate
Gifts of real estate, including personal residences, second homes, income property, and vacant land, offer a wide variety of tax and other benefits.
Gifts of Personal Property
The School welcomes gifts of personal property, including residences, books, artwork, and equipment. The charitable deduction is the market value of the item donated.
To learn about planned gifts, including bequests, life-income plans, and other options for your estate, and for information on increasing your income, earning valuable income-tax deductions, and reducing your estate taxes, please contact Karen Wright, director of development, to explore giving opportunities.
You may be able to increase the value of your charitable donation to the Silver School of Social Work through your company’s matching-gift program. Some companies will match, double, or even triple the amount you give. Just fill out and submit your company’s matching-gift form along with your gift.
The Silver School of Social Work welcomes your gift through a pledge – a formal statement of intent to make a gift to the University. You may complete your gift by making regular payments over time, allowing you to give more generously than you originally may have considered. Each payment on your pledge is eligible for an income tax charitable deduction.
Giving societies set a standard of commitment that encourages support from others and recognize donors whose generous support enable the Silver School of Social Work to maintain its status as one of the top social work programs in the country. In appreciation, we offer a variety of recognition opportunities for select contributors and those who are able to give at leadership levels.
We rely on the support and dedication of alumni, parents, and friends who share in our commitment to excellence. Your generous contributions make an enormous difference to the success of the school and our students.