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

The 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 the Office of Development and Alumni Relations