Plan a Gift for Tomorrow

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A gift to The Cooper Union can be part of a comprehensive financial plan. Let the Office of Planned Giving at The Cooper Union help you and your financial advisors develop a gift plan that meets your financial and philanthropic goals. A properly planned gift may help you reduce or eliminate capital gains, gift, and estate taxes. You may realize immediate income tax savings as well.

The Society of 1859

Named in commemoration of the year of The Cooper Union's founding, The Society of 1859 recognizes loyal and generous alumni and friends who have made planned gifts, bequest intentions, and gifts for endowment purposes. Although it was the extraordinary vision and benevolence of a single individual—Peter Cooper—that brought the college into being, it is through the farsightedness and generosity of many that the institution is sustained and kept vital. For more information, download The Society of 1859 Brochure (PDF).

For answers to your estate and gift planning questions, please contact Donna Lippman, Director of Planned Giving, at (212) 353-4172 or

If you have already included The Cooper Union in your financial or estate plans, please inform the college of your thoughtful intentions. You can do so by completing this form or contacting Donna Lippman at (212) 353-4172 or

The information contained herein is not intended as legal or tax advice. We recommend that you consult with your attorney or financial advisor for questions concerning your individual situation.


  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.