Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will my gift make a difference?

    Absolutely! Each year, donors make over 3,000 gifts to Pitzer. Contributions from all members of the Pitzer community, whether the donations are large or small, make a huge collective difference and provides the foundation Pitzer needs to thrive.

    The percentage of alumni that give back to their college influences the U.S. News & World Report when determining a college’s rankings. Corporations and foundations also consider the number of people, especially the percentage of alumni, faculty, and staff who give back, as a basis to determine whether we are a worthwhile investment. Your support at ANY level makes a difference to Pitzer College and our current students!

  • 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. 

  • What is the Pitzer Fund, and why does it matter?

    When choosing to give to the Pitzer Fund, you are making an “unrestricted” gift—in other words, you are giving money that is available to Pitzer for any necessary use over the course of the year. On an annual basis, the Pitzer Fund covers the necessary budget for Pitzer to operate. A saturated Pitzer Fund means greater freedom for Pitzer to pursue exciting and important initiatives.

    The Pitzer Fund supports every single student, program, field group, professor, and staff member on campus. This means that when you give to the Pitzer Fund, you are providing support for student/faculty research, Career Services, athletics, financial aid, and much more!

    The power of your individual Pitzer Fund gift is maximized when combined with the gifts of thousands of other donors who provide for Pitzer in the same way. Because of this, every single gift to the Pitzer Fund is vital for Pitzer to continue to thrive year after year.

    Please consider supporting the College through the Pitzer Fund today!

  • How does giving to Pitzer impact scholarships and financial aid?

    Pitzer students graduate with an average of 40 percent less student loan debt than the national average. Additionally, over 40 percent of students at Pitzer receive need-based financial aid. This is made possible through the generosity of Pitzer donors. There are many different initiatives that support Pitzer scholarships and financial aid:

    • The Pitzer Fund is our unrestricted fund, which supports the critical needs of Pitzer College. One of the most important areas that the Pitzer Fund covers is financial aid. By giving to the Pitzer Fund, you help to relieve financial stress on the College, and free up more funds to increase Pitzer’s financial aid output.
    • The Pitzer Annual Scholarship Fund is our general scholarship fund to support financial aid each year.
    • Anyone who gives to scholarships in increments of $5,000 will be part of the Pitzer Promise Scholarship program and will be paired with a student whom their generous gift supports that year.
  • Is a gift to Pitzer College tax-deductible?

    Yes, all gifts to the Pitzer 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.

  • Will I get a receipt for my donation?

    Yes, if you make a gift via mail, your receipt will be mailed to you. If you donate online, as soon as your gift is processed, we will send you an online receipt. You may also request a paper receipt by emailing giving@pitzer.edu. 

  • As an account manager at Pitzer College, how do I access spendable fundraised dollars, as well as find out my account balances?

    The Office of College Advancement is responsible for raising money and the subsequent stewardship of those donated funds. Upon request, Advancement can provide you a summary report of dollars raised for a specific fund. To access such details, please contact:

    Carol Holtrust
    Director of Advancement Services
    Broad Center 101
    909.607.4670
    carol_holtrust@pitzer.edu

    The Office of the Treasurer supplies information regarding account or fund balances, expenses drawn against a particular fund, and projected endowment spending for a given year. To access those details, please contact:

    Lori Yoshino
    Associate Vice President for Administration/Associate Treasurer
    McConnell 315
    909.621.8856
    lori_yoshino@pitzer.edu

    Pamela Mader
    Assistant Vice President for Finance
    McConnell 313
    909.607.3668
    pamela_mader@pitzer.edu

    It is important to note that fundraising amounts provided by Advancement might not exactly match the amounts the Finance Office has on file (e.g. a particular initiative could be funded by fundraised dollars plus Pitzer College operating dollars).

    Accounts involving consortium-related transfers (e.g. Pomona-Pitzer Athletics), should follow the same process detailed above.