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Whether or not you choose recognition for the plans you have made for Cooper, you have the power to set an example for others to follow.  It is up to each individual to determine for themselves how, and when, they may wish to pay that gift forward.


At this moment some may have hesitance or reluctance to support Cooper.  But those who truly believe in Peter Cooper’s original vision have persisted in their support and have dedicated themselves to righting the ship and setting The Cooper Union back on course.


If Cooper has been meaningful or important to you in your lifetime, there are simple steps you can take now that will enable you to make a similar experience possible for generations of future students.


Every dollar directed to the Annual Fund, student scholarship, or any of the conservatively-managed budgeted areas of The Cooper Union helps to reduce the current necessity of charging tuition.  Every dollar directed to the endowment establishes a sustainable source of future revenue to the prudently-managed endowment pool.  This steadies our course forward.  And every dollar given through an estate, living trust, retirement plan—or any of the other gift planning techniques described in this website—not only steadies that course, it fills our sails and opens up new horizons.


Now is the time when loyal Cooper Union alumni who value their connection to this great institution will affirm Peter Cooper’s prediction that, “In the course of a century there will, of course be a great number of graduates of the Cooper Union and the day will surely come when they, these graduates, will rally round this institution, and if the plans I have formed can be executed in no other way they will see they are carried out.”