A memorial gift or gift in honor of a special person is a thoughtful way to remember someone while at the same time helping Pitzer College. Celebrate a person’s unique story by establishing a named fund or commemorate a loved one by naming a space or inscribing a plaque on Pitzer’s campus. Advancement staff are ready to work with you on your wishes for a special or memorial gift.
Named Annual Funds
Gifts of all sizes may be contributed to the Pitzer General Annual Scholarship Fund or one of the many Named Annual Funds already at Pitzer, like Class-Year Scholarships, the Internship Fund and the Student Research Award Fund.
Individuals, or groups of donors, may also create a new Named Annual Fund with a directed spending purpose to support a project, initiative, field group, program or other activity or academic endeavor at Pitzer on a year-to-year basis. An initial gift commitment of $25,000 or more, which may be given over five years, is needed. During this time, donors will receive a yearly report about how their funds were utilized and the advances for the College thanks to their generosity. A minimum of $5,000 or more is needed each year to sustain an established Named Annual Fund.
Sponsor a Benson Seat
Through our continuing Take a Seat initiative, donors may honor a graduate, professor, friend or family member by inscribing a special armchair plaque on a seat in Benson Auditorium—our main venue for music and dance performances, lectures, special presentations, first-year seminars and more. Etched into brushed stainless steel, your personalized special message, whether heartfelt, inspirational or quirky, will become part of our campus today, and for many tomorrows to come. Each sponsored seat is $500.
Sponsor an Accolade Plaque
Pitzer parents, grandparents and friends with students living in West Hall, 2014 Hall or East Hall are invited to sponsor a personalized accolade plaque to be installed on the wood bench in the study niche directly outside their room. This very unique “shout out” is sure to capture a good laugh or smile today and become an important place to visit and remember when returning to campus for Alumni Weekend years from now. Each sponsored accolade, inscribed on a 1” x 4” stainless steel plaque, is $1,000. Please contact the Office of College Advancement if interested; we will be happy to assist you.
There are special places on campus where the Pitzer community can remember loved ones no longer with us with an inscribed memorial plaque, including the David Bloom Memorial Garden next to the Edythe and Eli Broad Campus Center and the Memorial Grove adjacent to East Hall. Memorial scholarships and other named funds can be established with the assistance of the Office of College Advancement.