Annual Giving

Annual giving is vital to the School’s success, supporting all aspects of curriculum and programming while providing funds for ongoing operations. Annual gifts made through the New Ventures Fund and the Fund for Public Health Leadership enable the School to launch critical initiatives and support promising students. 

New Ventures Fund

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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

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

Fund for Public Health Leadership

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, 84% of whom go on to work in the public and nonprofit sectors. 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.

Meet a few Fund for Public Health Leadership Scholars and hear students talk about how scholarship aid impacted their education.

The DeLamar Society

The DeLamar Society recognizes the critical importance of donors making annual gifts of $500 or more to support student scholarships, which are essential to the School’s ability attract and retain the most promising public health students without regard for their financial status. Members of the DeLamar Society are some of the School's closest friends and are investing in the education of some of Mailman's most promising students. Their investment will show dividends for decades to come, as these talented and passionate students go forward to put their education into practice, working with communities across the country and throughout the world.  

Members of the DeLamar Society enjoy benefits including:

  • 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 allow the School to award a one-year scholarship named in the donor’s honor or to name a seat in perpetuity in the School’s Alumni Auditorium

DeLamar Society Giving Levels

  • DeLamar Council: $10,000 and up

  • 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, 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 annual giving opportunities, please contact:

Debbie Rosenberg Bush

Interim Senior Director of Institutional Advancement

Director of Institutional Partnerships

212-305-7716

drb2163 [at] columbia.edu