The Colgate Fund

The Colgate Fund is a resource used to address the University’s greatest challenges and opportunities.

An unrestricted fund that augments income from the University’s endowment each year, the Colgate Fund enables the University to respond quickly when faced with obstacles and have access to additional resources to fund priority projects.

It is through the Colgate Fund that the University launches innovative opportunities that enrich the student experience, advance the academic enterprise, improve the campus environs, and attract the best students and faculty.

Giving to the Colgate Fund puts your generosity to work immediately by infusing resources into initiatives and priorities that touch every aspect of the University.


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As the University moves forward with the Campaign for the Third Century, the Colgate Fund will continue in this longstanding role. Join the growing number of Colgate Fund supporters who are enabling bold and immediate progress in key areas.


Total support for the Colgate Fund in fiscal year 2021


Students on and off campus that benefitted from the Colgate Fund


Alumni, families, and friends supported the Colgate Fund in fiscal year 2021

  • Professor and student working in a lab

    Access and affordability through financial aid to ensure that Colgate is accessible to talented low- and middle-income students.

  • Professor in front of a chalkboard addressing classroom

    Academic support, including student-faculty research, faculty development, and financial support for centers and departments.

  • Students gathered in a circle on quad in front of chapel

    Innovative programs such as First@Colgate, which helps first-generation students succeed as they adapt to college life.

  • Student rock climbing

    Health and wellness programs that support students’ mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing.

Investing in students of all backgrounds is what truly creates a liberal arts experience, as it results in diverse mindsets coming together in a single classroom to grow together.

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Michael McDowell ’22

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