Gift Planning

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Now may be the perfect time to build your legacy.

Through the rigorous programs of the Schools of Architecture, Art, Engineering, and Humanities, The Cooper Union has taught its students how to plan, create, design, build, and think critically for more than 160 years.

As a Cooper graduate, you have put those skills to good use and combined them with your innate talents to build a successful career. Now you may be thinking about your legacy, preparing for contingencies, and securing a future for your loved ones.

When will you have a better chance to help us regain and sustain Peter Cooper's original vision for the generations students who will walk in your footsteps, share your values, and benefit from your generosity for years to come? Now may be a perfect time to consider the many ways you could include The Cooper Union in your plans. 

If you would like to learn more about gift planning options at Cooper, or if you would like to notify us of a planned or incoming contribution, please contact Hilary Bonn.

We hosted The Cooper Union’s first virtual Gift Planning Webinar on July 22, 2020. Our special thanks goes to our speaker Tracy Green Landauer for sharing her knowledge and time with us, and Cooper alumna Anna Brook BSE’04, CUAA Secretary and CU Alumni in Law organizer, who made this event possible.  

Be sure to register for our next Gift Planning Webinar on Thursday, June 17 at 5:00 p.m. EDT.

  • 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.