Making a Gift
The School of Public Affairs' tradition of academic excellence has been made possible through the generous support of alumni and friends. Your generosity contributes the funds necessary to bridge the gap between tuition revenues and the true cost of educating SPA's undergraduate and graduate students.
SPA benefits greatly from annual unrestricted gifts, as well as contributions targeted toward a particular interest, such as the SPA Dean's Leadership Fund and the 75th Anniversary Leadership Fund. These gifts provide the Dean with the discretion to put your money where it is needed most:
- bringing prominent leaders to campus
- supporting student organizations
- underwriting student research projects and competitions
- recruiting new faculty
- developing new courses
- funding scholarships
Alumni support is a key indicator used by U.S. News & World Report to determine the value that alumni place on the school. Gifts at any level are greatly appreciated, largely because a greater participation rate enhances the reputation of SPA.
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Your gift to SPA supports the development of innovative teaching programs, attracts and retains world-class faculty, provides co-op and internship opportunities, furnishes scholarship support and technology upgrades, and much more.
Often the best way to support SPA is through a gift of appreciated stock or an estate gift such as a codicil to your existing will or an annuity gift. Different philanthropic goals and tax benefits may be realized by each of these gift types. Remembering SPA in your will entitles you to membership in American University's Helen Kettler Palmer Society. We appreciate your support through your giving to SPA.