Annual Giving

Annual giving is vital to the success of Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health, supporting all aspects of curriculum and programming while providing funds for ongoing operations.

Donors may earmark an annual gift for a particular academic purpose among the School's objectives, or they may give to one of the School's two most universal funds: the Columbia Mailman Annual Fund and the Columbia Mailman Scholarship Fund (formerly the Fund for Public Health Leadership). As you may discover below, these funds enable School leadership with the flexibility to meet emerging needs and support promising students. 

Columbia Mailman Annual Fund

12.1_Annual-Giving_Sidebar-image.jpgThe Columbia Mailman Annual Fund (formerly the New Ventures Fund) allows Dean Linda P. Fried to capitalize on the areas outlined in the Mailman School’s strategic plan, providing resources to respond to urgent new public health issues—like collecting and analyzing unidentified new pathogens and studying emerging biological threats—while sustaining core initiatives like faculty development and programmatic enhancements, including:

  • Sustaining and extending its leadership in the areas of communicable disease, maternal and reproductive health, environmental health, mental health, and health disparities

  • Strengthening its impact in areas such as global health, urban health, human rights, children’s health, and the history of public health

  • Building new strengths in the areas of chronic disease prevention, climate and health, and the health of an aging society

Columbia Mailman Scholarship Fund

The Columbia Mailman Scholarship Fund (formerly the Fund for Public Health Leadership) provides outstanding Mailman School students with $111,300 over two years to cover tuition, fees, and living expenses. All donations to this fund support needs-based scholarship aid for Mailman School students, many of whom would not be able to attend Mailman without financial assistance. The need for aid is urgent: 85% of students apply for scholarship aid and 57% receive funding, and the average student graduates with $50,000 in debt. Your support can play a key role in the School's ability to attract and retain the most promising public health students without regard for their financial status.

Meet a few Columbia Mailman Scholarship Fund (formerly the Fund for Public Health Leadership) Scholars and hear students talk about how scholarship aid impacted their education.

For more information on annual giving opportunities, please contact:

Office of Development and Alumni Relations
msphgive [at]

The DeLamar Society

The DeLamar Society recognizes the critical importance of donors making annual gifts of $500 or more to strengthen the mission of Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health. The DeLamar Society exists to provide financial support to Columbia’s Mailman School through the development of a culture of leadership-level giving by all members of the Columbia Mailman community. The investment that DeLamar Society members make in public health research and education holds the promise of a healthier future. It has a tangible impact on the lives of people today and on the systems that will continue to shape health and create wellbeing for generations.

DeLamar Society privileges:

  • Invitations to seminars featuring leaders in the field discussing developments in research and in the field of public health

  • Updates from School leadership on public health initiatives and strategic plans, as well as news and updates from the School

  • Opportunities to meet scholarship recipients and hear about their successes and goals

  • Donors making gifts of $5,000 or more will have an opportunity to name a seat in the Auditorium located in the Allan Rosenfield Building.

DeLamar Society Giving Levels

  • DeLamar Council: $10,000 and above

  • DeLamar Circle: $5,000–$9,999

  • DeLamar Benefactor: $1,000–$4,999

  • DeLamar Partner: $500–$999

  • DeLamar Fellow (open to graduates of the last decade): $250–$499

Joseph P. DeLamar

In 1922, the Joseph DeLamar Institute of Public Health, the precursor to today’s Mailman School of Public Health, was founded with a $3 million bequest from Joseph DeLamar (1843-1918), a Dutch born sea captain, industrialist, and champion of public health education. After the Institute’s upgrade to a standalone school in 1945, the DeLamar Professorship of Public Health was established, a chair currently held by Dean and DeLamar Professor Linda P. Fried.

For information on the DeLamar Society, please contact:

Office of Development and Alumni Relations
msphgive [at]