Beneficiary Designation

You can designate The Cooper Union as the beneficiary of a number of assets, including Retirement Plans, Life Insurance, Investment Accounts and more.

Life Insurance Policies

By filling out a form provided by your life insurance company, you can designate Cooper as the beneficiary of part or all of the death benefit on your policy, providing estate tax benefits for your successors. You can also transfer your policy to Cooper’s ownership now, receiving an immediate charitable tax deduction and possible income tax savings. 

Investment and Bank Accounts

You can instruct your bank to transfer some or all of your assets left in your account to The Cooper Union upon your passing, providing estate tax benefits in the process. Each bank is different, and we encourage you to speak with your representative there to determine the best way to put your plan in place.

If you would like to designate Cooper as the beneficiary of an asset that you don’t see listed here, please contact us to learn more about the many possibilities for your giving at Cooper.

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.