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 the Pitzer Fund 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 in the mail.

  • 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 

  • How many alumni give to Pitzer College?

    During the 13-14 fundraising year (July 1st -June 30th), 1,680 alumni made gifts to the College. Pitzer’s alumni participation rate for 13-14 was 38%.

  • How much does Pitzer College raise through the Pitzer Fund?

    Pitzer alumni, parents, friends, staff, faculty, trustees and current students raised a grand total of $2,358,216 during the 2013-2014 fiscal year. This achievement is an increase of 35% over 2012-2013 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!