Gift Planning

Happy 223rd Birthday to Peter Cooper! photos by João Enxuto

photo by João Enxuto

Making a planned gift is a wonderful way to show your support and appreciation of The Cooper Union and its mission while accommodating your own personal, financial and philanthropic goals. There are different types of vehicles for every situation, whether you want to avoid estate taxes, provide for loved ones, or simply maximize the benefit of your generosity to The Cooper Union. If you would like to learn more about gift planning at Cooper, contact Read on to learn about the various ways you can include Cooper in your financial and estate planning.

The Society of 1859

If you would like to notify us of your gift planning intentions for Cooper, we welcome you to fill out this form. Donors who share their gift plans with us are inducted into the Society of 1859. Membership in the Society is based not on the size of your gift, but on your willingness to share the details of your thoughtful provision for Cooper through your will, trust, or other gift planning vehicle. Joining the Society does not represent a legally binding agreement, and you are free to change your plans at any time.

Connect with Gift Planning Advisors

The Cooper Union is grateful to the alumni and friends who have offered to provide our donors with guidance related to their financial and charitable goals. To connect with one of the advisors listed below, contact

Tracy Green Landauer, Tax and Trusts & Estates Attorney
A partner at Culhane Meadows, Tracy provides personal estate planning, charitable gift planning and closely-held business succession planning to individuals and families. Read her bio.


A charitable bequest is one of the easiest and most flexible ways that you can leave a gift to The Cooper Union.
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Gifts that Generate Payments to You

These vehicles allow you to make a gift to The Cooper Union while generating income for yourself and your loved ones.
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Gifts of Retirement Assets

You can provide a gift to Cooper through your IRA now, or as part of your estate plans. 
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Beneficiary Designation

You can designate The Cooper Union as the beneficiary of a number of assets, including Retirement Plans, Life Insurance and Investment Accounts.
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Gifts of Real Estate, Securities, Life Insurance, and Other Property

Your unneeded assets could provide a generous gift to The Cooper Union.
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  • 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.