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Frequently Asked Questions

Due to COVID-19, the office of Alumnae/i Affairs and Development is working remotely. We are unable to receive UPS, FedEx or USPS Express mail delivery in a timely manner. We encourage donors to give online or to mail gifts via standard USPS to Box 725, 161 College Ave, Poughkeepsie NY, 12603. In order to be recognized as a 2020 contribution, your donation must be postmarked no later than December 31.

How do I make my gift to The Vassar Fund?

The most convenient way is to make your gift online. For more details, including how to make gifts of stock, learning more about putting Vassar in your will, and other forms of giving, please visit Ways to Give to Vassar.


Can I designate my Vassar Fund gift to a specific area of interest?

Yes, you can designate your gift within The Vassar Fund. When making your donation you will have the option to select from the following areas of interest: Vassar’s Greatest Needs, Financial Aid, Library Resources, Residential Life, Faculty Support and Research, Campus Preservation, and Sustainability.


How do I make a current-year pledge?

You can make a current-year pledge over the phone. Please call us toll-free at (800) 443-8196.


What is the matching gift program?

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. If they participate, obtain the appropriate form and send it to:

Gifts and Records/Accounting Specialists
Box 725, Vassar College
161 College Avenue
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603


Are my gifts to The Vassar Fund tax deductible?

Yes. Gifts to The Vassar Fund are tax-deductible. After making a contribution to The Vassar Fund, you will receive either a gift receipt via email or in the mail that includes a breakdown of your donation for tax purposes.


Will my gift to The Vassar Fund count toward my class?

Yes, gifts to The Vassar Fund and all other designations count toward your class participation goals and overall fundraising goals.


When does The Vassar Fund ask for support?

Vassar’s fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30.


It seems like Vassar has a lot of money already. Will my gift make a difference?

Yes. Unrestricted gifts to The Vassar Fund provide the greatest flexibility for the college or program to meet its most pressing needs. Your gift strengthens the educational experience that has always been, and continues to be, uniquely Vassar.


What is the difference between The Vassar Fund, capital campaign, and endowment gifts?

Gifts to a capital campaign allow us to build facilities, add programs, and strengthen our endowment. Capital campaign gifts are restricted to the specific purpose of the associated campaign. Gifts to The Vassar Fund by definition are unrestricted, and fund the monetary gap between actual costs and tuition for each academic year.


What is Vassar’s tax ID number?

Vassar’s tax ID number is 14-1338587.