Ways to Give

Credit Card

Go to the online gift form or call (800) 443-8196


Make your check payable to Vassar College and send it to:

Office of Alumnae/i Affairs and Development, Box 725, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12604-0725

Matching Gifts

Many companies match philanthropic gifts made by employees, their families, or retirees. Visit your human resources department or search our matching gift database to find out if your employer participates. Obtain the appropriate form, and send it to:

Central Records/Gift Recorders, Box 725, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12604-0725.

Stocks, Bonds and Mutual Funds

Giving appreciated securities is a tax-wise way to support Vassar. For securities held longer than one year, the full fair market value of the stock may qualify for a charitable contribution income tax deduction regardless of what you originally paid for them. You also avoid paying capital gains tax on the transfer. To make a gift of securities or mutual funds please contact Vaike Riisenberg in the Controller’s Office at (845) 437-5896 with the following information:

  • name of the stock
  • number of shares
  • designation of the gift
  • broker’s name and phone number

If held with a bank or broker

Make sure they include your name or contact Vaike Riisenberg at (845) 437-5896 with the details of your gift to ensure correct crediting. Instruct your bank or broker to transfer your shares electronically by DTC wire. They may need Vassar’s tax id number: 14-1338587.

If the security is not held in paper, it can be transferred to Vassar’s account with Merrill Lynch:

Brokerage Firm number: #858-04072
Transfer code: DTC #5198
Contact person: Randy O. Crane
2649 South Road, POB 1669
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-0669
(845) 431-2258

If held by the donor

  1. unsigned certificates
  2. a letter stating what is being given and its designation
  3. a copy of the letter with an endorsed stock power, signed but left blank (we will fill it in)

Vaike Riisenberg
Box 12
Vassar College
124 Raymond Avenue
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604-0012

If the certificate is for more shares than you wish to give

The stock power should transfer the number of shares represented by the certificate. Indicate how many shares go to the College and how many should be returned to you. Include your social security number so the certificate may be reissued in your name.


Contact Vaike Riisenberg
Accounting Specialist
(845) 437-5896

Instructions For Wiring Funds to Vassar College @ HSBC Bank

Bank’s Name: HSBC Bank USA, N.A.
Bank’s Address: One HSBC Center, 18th Floor, Buffalo, NY  14203
Name on Account: “Vassar College”
ABA: #021-001-088
Account #: 081-000-115
Swift Code: MRMDUS33
Reference: Any pertinent information to help Vassar identify the sender & how to record the monies into the correct earmarked funds.
Contact at HSBC: Jacalyn M. Baker (716) 841-2580

If you need any additional information, please contact Vassar College Accounting Services at (845) 437-5890.


To make a gift, donors should contact their IRA custodian and obtain directions about how to make a Qualified Charitable Distribution directly to Vassar College.  The custodian will require a mailing address and tax identification number for Vassar:

Office of Alumnae/i Affairs and Development
124 Raymond Avenue, Box 725
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604
Tax ID 14-1338587

Donors should then notify the College of their intended gift:
Gift Recording
Attn: Kara Montgomery
124 Raymond Avenue, Box 14
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604

Gift Planning

Planned gifts are an excellent way to provide future support for the College while also helping to meet your personal financial goals. contact Alexas Orcutt (845) 437-5487 or visit Gift Planning


Vassar College accepts gifts-in-kind that are appropriate to its mission. Gifts-in-kind may include, but are not limited to, works of art, scientific equipment, books, real estate, etc. Inquiries about prospective gifts may be directed as follows:


contact James Mundy ’74 (845) 437-5236


contact Debra Bucher (845) 437-5763

Real Estate

contact Alexas Orcutt (845) 437-5487

Scientific Equipment

contact Gary Hohenberger (845) 437-7092


contact Kara Montgomery (845) 437-5493

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