Institutional Research

  • Office of College Advancement
    1050 N. Mills Avenue
    Claremont, CA 91711
    Broad Center 101
    909.621.8130
    Toll-free: 877.357.7479
    Fax: 909.621.8539

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Annual Fund?

The gifts that alumni, parents, and friends of the College make in response to yearly requests for support comprise the Annual Fund. Unlike many other gifts to Pitzer College, a gift to the Annual Fund goes where it is needed most.

Many of the gifts the College receives have been earmarked by the donor to go to a specified area of the campus. While these restricted gifts have a wonderful impact on specific programs or areas, there are not enough of them to reach all academic programs and areas which need support. Annual Fund donations are typically unrestricted and all are budget relieving. These gifts are applied to various areas including enhancing financial aid packages, providing faculty resources, preserving our beautiful campus and much more.

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Why does my participation matter?

The percentage of alumni that participate is a factor used in US News and World Report when determining a College's rankings. Also, corporations and foundations look at the number of people, especially the percent of alumni, who give back as a basis to determine whether we are a worthwhile investment. So your support at ANY level is a vote of confidence in a Pitzer education and makes a difference to the College and its current students.

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How much do I have to give? What if I can only afford $10?

That's great! A gift of any size still counts toward participation! Not only does participation affect our standing in rankings like US News and World report but tuition only covers between 65%-70% of the actual cost of providing a Pitzer education. Every gift helps a Pitzer student.

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Can I pay in installments?

Yes! The easiest way to give in installments is to provide us with your credit/debit card information and we will automatically process your gift monthly, quarterly, or however you'd prefer. It's fast, easy and you don't have to worry about sending anything in. For additional information, please contact the Advancement Office at (909) 621-8130 or (877) 357-7479 or by email at giving@pitzer.edu. You can also set up installments using our online giving form by clicking here.

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I don't believe in national rankings, why should Pitzer?

Whether you believe in the validity of national rankings or not, others do, including future Pitzer students and their parents. Ignoring the rankings will not make them go away. That said, Pitzer does not bend to reflect everything that the rankings want to see, but why not respond to the parts that do not take away from the Pitzer College mission? Giving to Pitzer not only affects the rankings, but also helps to support current and future projects on campus.

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Is a gift to the Annual Fund tax-deductible?

Yes, all gifts to the Annual Fund are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law, as we are a 501(c)3 organization. For tax purposes, as soon as we process your check or online gift, we will send you a receipt in the mail.

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What credit cards do you accept?

Although we prefer MasterCard and Visa (because of lower fees), we do also accept Discover and American Express.

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Is my credit card protected if I make a donation on your web site?

Yes! Our online giving form is processed through a secure server.
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Will I get a receipt for my donation?

Yes. Whether you mail in a gift or donate online, as soon as your gift is processed, we will send you a receipt.

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I am not comfortable giving my credit card information online. What are my other options?

We understand and there are several other options. Checks can be made payable to Pitzer College and mailed to Advancement Office, 1050 N Mills Avenue , Claremont , CA 91711 . To fax your information, we can be reached at (909) 621-8539. To make a gift using a credit/debit card or to inquire about installments, you can also contact the Advancement Office directly at (909) 621-8130, (877) 357-7479 (toll-free) or by email at giving@pitzer.edu.

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How can I make a gift of stock?

For information about giving a gift of stock, please contact the Advancement Office at (909) 621-8130, (877) 357-7479 (toll-free) or by email at giving@pitzer.edu.

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Does 100% of my gift go to my designation?

Yes, 100% of your gift will go directly to the area you choose.

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How does the corporate matching gift program work if my employer matches gift?

It's easy! All you have to do is pick up a form from the personnel/human resources office at your employer. Once you have filled out the form and sent it to Pitzer, we will take care of the rest. Matching gifts count toward all giving levels.

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How many alumni give to Pitzer College ?

During the 03-04 fundraising year (July 1st -June 30 th ), 1,944 alumni made gifts to the College. This was an increase of almost 150 gifts from the previous year with Pitzer's alumni participation currently at 37%.

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How much does Pitzer College raise through the Annual Fund?

Pitzer alumni, parents, friends, staff, faculty, trustees, and current students raised a grand total of $1,293,863 during the 2003-2004 fiscal year. This achievement is an increase of 15% over 2002-2003 and the largest amount of budget-relieving funds ever raised during any given year throughout the history of Pitzer College . Your support truly does make a difference!

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I'd like to get involved. What volunteer opportunities are available?

There are a variety of ways to become involved with Pitzer College and we are always looking for volunteers. For additional information, please contact our Alumni Relations Office at alumni@pitzer.edu or toll-free at (877) 357-7479.

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How can I update my contact information?

Just send an email with your new address to alumni@pitzer.edu and we will update your address in our system.

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Any other questions?

Please feel free to contact us using the information below. Thanks for your support of Pitzer College!

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Contact Us
Tel: 909.621.8130
Toll-free: 877.357.7479
Fax: 909.621.8539
giving@pitzer.edu