Ways to Give

Great Books Need Exceptional Resources

Books that shape the world of ideas are essential to our understanding of society; that is why university presses are so important. Columbia University Press publishes books that effect real change but do not generate the level of revenue that commercial publishers require. Further, the majority of our books—which receive accolades from academic communities within and outside of Columbia University—are specialized and cost more to publish than their sales will support. Philanthropic funds, including gifts from individuals and foundations, are critically needed to subsidize our exceptional publications and extend our digital initiatives into the future.

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Columbia University Press is a premier scholarly publisher that advances Columbia University’s global mission through the publication, translation, and distribution of books in an array of disciplines and professional programs on subjects of worldwide significance. The Press’s publishing programs also reflect the importance of its location in New York City. Columbia University Press is the fourth-oldest and sixth-largest university press in the nation.

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We cordially invite you to join at the Investor ($5,000)Patron ($2,500) or Sponsor ($1,000) level. Your tax-deductible gift will enable Columbia University Press to publish original research and ideas by scholars and public intellectuals, including first-time authors.

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Columbia University Press receives ongoing support from a number of organizations and private donors. Our generous donors give life to pathbreaking, influential, and enduring scholarship.

Giving Through Donor-Advised Funds

Columbia University Press gladly accepts gifts from donor-advised funds. To donate to Columbia University Press directly, please indicate “Columbia University Press” in the designation area.

For more information about giving opportunities, please contact the Development Director, Alanna Duncan, ad3212@columbia.edu.


Annual Event

From left to right: Jennifer Crewe (Associate Provost and Director of CUP), John Coatsworth (Provost), Jane Gaines (Faculty Publication Committee Chair), and Paige West (author).

The annual award is given to the book that brings the highest distinction to Columbia University and Columbia University Press through an outstanding contribution to academic and public discourse.

The third-annual Columbia University Press Distinguished Book Award was awarded to Paige West for her book Dispossession and the Environment: Rhetoric and Inequality in Papua New Guinea. 

Honorable mentions were given to The Taliban’s Virtual Emirate by Neil Krishnan Aggarwal, and A Survival Guide to the Misinformation Age by David Helfand.

Benefits of Giving

  • Invitations to CUP events
  • 40 percent book discounts
  • Newsletter and book events
  • Name recognition in CUP books