How You Can Help

Making a Difference

The Division of Colorectal Surgery’s many accomplishments are due primarily to the generosity of concerned individuals, foundations, corporations, and other grant-making associations and institutions. Our doctors, scientists, nurses and other professional staff share one goal: to enhance the care of patients with colorectal disorders. You can join our team by supporting our efforts. Your gift will make a difference.

With your support, we enhance and expand the Division’s comprehensive patient care, research, and education programs. Your contributions will benefit countless others by advancing research, technological innovations, and the education and training of tomorrow's leaders in the care of inflammatory bowel disease, colon and rectal cancer, diverticular disease and complex colorectal disease conditions.

Opportunities for giving include patient care programs, designated research projects, fellowships, and named professorships.

How To Make a Gift

Outright gifts made by check or credit card are fully tax-deductible as provided by law. Your support of the Colorectal Surgery Division can reduce your taxable income and lower your tax bill. When you give online, we will send a tax receipt to the email address you provide. For gifts sent to our office, we will send a tax receipt to you through the mail.


You can make a gift online and support the Colorectal Surgery Division. Please click here. Click the "Select a designation" drop down menu to select the fund you wish to support.

By Check

Check should be made payable to Trustees of Columbia University with “Colorectal Surgery Research” in the note section and mailed to:

Jamie Bienstock
Senior Director of Development Columbia University Medical Center
630 West 168th Street, P&S 2-421
New York, NY 10032
Office: 212.305.3348
Mobile: 646.632.7077

By Credit Card

A credit card gift to Columbia is not only convenient; it also entitles you to the same income-tax deduction as a gift of cash. To make your credit card gift over the phone, call 212-342-3163 or 212.304.7206; or you can pay online at the above link. Please specify that the gift is directed to ‘Colorectal Surgery Research’.

By Wire Transfer

To make a gift to Columbia by wire please contact Jamie Bienstock at 212.305.3348 or email at Please specify that the gift is directed to ‘Colorectal Surgery Research’.

Planned Gifts

With a little planning, your gift to the Colorectal Division Center can help achieve your financial, philanthropic, and estate-planning goals.

Planned gifts give back, allowing you to take sizeable income, capital gains, and estate deductions on your taxes. They can provide income for you and your loved ones for life. And planned gifts can be much larger than other gifts, so you can leave a legacy that fits your philanthropic goals.

Matching Programs

Many companies will make a matching gift to Columbia when one of their employees makes a donation. To find out if your company has such a program, use our convenient search engine.

If you would like to learn about named giving opportunities such as endowed professorships, fellowships and other programs and/or planned giving at Columbia University Medical Center, please contact Jamie Bienstock at 212.305.3348 or email at

The Giving Well Program is Columbia's tax-advantaged giving program. Giving Well allows you to make a generous donation while also helping you meet your long-term financial planning goals. For information on gift planning strategies, please contact:

Laura R. Tenenbaum
Senior Director of Development 100 Haven Ave, Suite 29D
New York, NY 10032
212.342.2108 office
212.544.1952 fax

Memorial Giving

In lieu of flowers, many families request in obituaries that charitable gifts be made in memory of their loved one. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the program or initiative of your choice. The following language is suggested for obituaries: “In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of [name of deceased] to the Trustees of Columbia University, Colorectal Surgery Research, 630 West 168th Street, P&S 2-421, NY, NY 10032”

Employee and Retiree/Alumni Giving

As an employee of Columbia University, you know our potential. Help us to continue to provide best practice care to our patients. Gifts of all sizes make a difference. You can designate your tax-deductible gift to colorectal surgery research.

Thank you for your support!