Endowment Administration & Compliance

Endowment funds are an important part of the University’s operations and play an integral role in helping the University achieve its goals. Endowments provide Columbia with a permanent source of funding to support professorships, financial aid, research, capital projects, schools, departments, institutes, centers, and more.


The Office of Endowment Compliance site serves as the centralized resource for the administration and compliance of endowment funds.   See the Columbia Investment Management Company website for further information about the management of endowment funds.


Please see the Endowment Administration and Compliance internal website for:

  • Policies, procedures, and forms relating to the administration of endowments. 
  • Endowment Term Sheets: A web-based tool that departments access for key Terms & Restrictions information
  • Training: Those making decisions about or approving expenses on endowment accounts are required to attend Endowment Admin & Compliance training.  This training is also required for access to the Endowment Term Sheets.

Contact Us

For CU internal inquiries, please contact the Endowment Administration team at endowmentadmin@columbia.edu


Media requests regarding the University and its endowment should be directed to the Office of Public Affairs.


The Office of Alumni and Development oversees the solicitation, acceptance and stewardship of gifts, pledges, and bequests.  These gifts, pledges, and bequests may establish endowment funds.


The Columbia Investment Management Company manages the investment of the endowment pool.


Learn about the Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing.


Need to process a Gift Check? For internal parties interested in more information about gift policies and procedures, go to Campaign Central. For determining whether funding should be considered a gift or a grant, contact Sponsored Projects Administration.