Other Ways To Give

There are many ways to contribute to Peter Cooper’s legacy by supporting The Cooper Union. Read below to learn how you can make your gift via wire transfer, appreciated securities, IRA charitable rollover, and more!

Send Gift by Mail

Donors can mail a gift via cash or check to The Cooper Union at the following address:
The Cooper Union
P.O. Box 22422
New York, NY 10087-2422

For overnight delivery:
JPMorgan Chase – Lockbox Processing
Attn: The Cooper Union and 22422
4 Chase Metrotech Center
7th floor East
Brooklyn, NY 11245

ACH and Wire Transfer

The Cooper Union gladly accepts gifts via ACH and Wire Transfer. Please contact the Office of Alumni Affairs and Development at development@cooper.edu if you plan to make a gift using one of these methods so that we can track and acknowledge your contribution.

For ACH Delivery
Bank Routing Number: 021000021
Account Number: 84003065
Account Name: The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art - Cooper Union Operating Acct

For Wire Transfers
Bank Routing Number: 021000021
General Bank Reference Address: JPMorgan Chase New York, NY 10017
Account Number: 84003065
Account Name: The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art - Cooper Union Operating Acct

Donate Securities 

Please contact development@cooper.edu to let us know the name of the securities that you wish to transfer and the purpose for which you want your gift to be used. It is important that you inform us that you are transferring securities so that we can properly acknowledge your gift.

In order to avoid incurring capital gains on a sale of appreciated securities, do not instruct your custodian to sell them. Please request that your custodian transfer your securities directly to our account at U.S. Bank as shown below:

U.S. Bank
DTC # 2803
The Cooper Union Gifts and Misc #001050998270

U.S. Bank Address:
50 S. 16th Street, 20th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

U.S. Bank Contact:
Steve Trager, Vice President, Account Manager
Institutional Trust & Custody
215-761-9344 or steve.trager@usbank.com

IRA Charitable Rollover

If you are 70 1/2 or older, you can donate directly from your traditional or Roth IRA to The Cooper Union, up to $100,000. If you have also reached your required beginning date, this can be a strategic way to fulfill your required minimum distribution (RMD) for the year while potentially reducing your taxable income, as the donated amount may satisfy all or part of your RMD obligation.

To qualify for this method of giving:
- You must be at least 70 1/2 years of age when the gift is made
- Transfer must be made directly from the IRA administrator to the charity
- The gifts from the IRA cannot exceed $100,000 per person ($200,000 total for a couple with separate IRAs) in a given year
- They can only be outright gifts and cannot fund a Charitable Remainder Trust, Gift Annuity, or Pooled Income Fund
- No goods or services can be given in exchange
- The gifts cannot be made to a donor advised fund, a supporting organization, or a private foundation

Ask your financial institution to make the check payable to: The Cooper Union EIN 13-5562985.

They should mail it to the following address:
The Cooper Union
P.O. Box 22422
New York, NY 10087-2422

IRA administrators don’t always include the donor’s name on distribution checks. If you’re planning to make a distribution to us from your IRA, please let us know in advance so that we’ll be able to identify your gift. Contact development@cooper.edu with any questions, or to notify us of an incoming distribution.

Donor Advised Fund Grants

Recommend a gift to Cooper through your donor advised fund. If your donor advised fund is managed by Fidelity, Schwab, or BNY Mellon, click on the image above or use this link to quickly and easily recommend a grant online! Or, contact your representative and ask that gifts be sent to:

The Cooper Union - EIN 13-5562985
P.O. Box 22422
New York, NY 10087-2422

Donate Property

The Cooper Union accepts gifts-in-kind that are appropriate to its needs. Gifts-in-kind may include (but are not limited to) works of art, scientific equipment, books, and real estate. While The Cooper Union is deeply grateful for the generosity of its donors, we are not able to accept every gift due to the limited space on our campus and the changing nature of our students’ needs. We will make every effort to match your gift with one of our many needs.

The Cooper Union reserves the right to review in-kind gift offers and ascertain the potential costs and risks associated with each piece of property before accepting a gift.

In-kind donations are often tax-deductible under IRS rules based on the fair market value. We encourage you to consult your tax adviser to determine whether your gift is tax-deductible.

To initiate such a gift, please contact development@cooper.edu.

Memorial and Honorary Gifts

If you would like to encourage others to contribute to Cooper in memory of a loved one, we recommend sharing the following language:

“As a proud alumnus, it was [Name]'s wish that donations be made in his/her memory to The Cooper Union. Visit cooper.edu/giving, call (212) 353-4164, or mail to: The Cooper Union, P.O. Box 22422, New York, NY 10087-2422. Please be sure to indicate that the gift is in memory of [Name][School][Class year].”

Gifts can be directed to a specific allocation or to the Annual Fund. You will be notified of every gift received in your loved one’s name in the form of a letter or email. To arrange for this or for other questions, please email development@cooper.edu or call (212) 353-4164.

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.