Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why does my participation matter?

    The percentage of alumni that participate is a factor used in U.S.News & 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. 

  • 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 You can also set up installments using our online giving form. 

  • 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 

  • 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

    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

    Pamela Mader
    Assistant Vice President for Finance
    McConnell 313

    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.