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The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University

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Giving Opportunities

Annual Giving

As a Heller alumna/us you have benefited from your Heller education. Now you have the power to give this invaluable opportunity to other students.  Please make Heller one of your annual philanthropic priorities.

Yearly gifts to the Heller Annual Fund are used exclusively to ease the financial expenses incurred by students in pursuit of a Heller master’s or doctoral degree. 

Your annual gift will help Heller to:
  • Recruit and retain the most qualified students
  • Meet or exceed the financial aid offerings from peer institutions
  • Provide students with funds to attend professional conferences, purchase required course material, and assist with dissertation incurred expenses

Make a gift

Major Gifts

Major gifts ($25,000+) are vitally important to the future of the Heller School. When you make a significant commitment, you enter into a partnership with Heller that can produce far-reaching benefits. Multi-year pledges (annual commitments for 3 to 5 years) may be designated (e.g., for tuition support or doctoral stipend support) and are extremely helpful to the school as it projects funds available for incoming classes.

An annual gift of $17,500 will provide stipend support for a fourth-year PhD candidate, enabling him/her to earn a doctoral degree as promptly as possible, without the delays caused by part-time employment, and strengthen Heller’s ability to secure top candidates considering offers from peer institutions.

By making a gift, or a multi-year pledge of $100,000 or greater, donors may endow a named fellowship which will supply funding in perpetuity to support tuition for a Heller student. These named fellowships offer prestige and motivation to each student recipient.

Planned Gifts

There are many ways to support the Heller School in addition to outright gifts. These options, collectively known as planned gifts, have several advantages.  They provide an opportunity to leave a personal legacy to the school, and to make a more substantial contribution to Heller than annual discretionary funds allow. Planned gifts may result in favorable tax consequences or even a new source of income for you and/or your spouse/partner. Some of the most popular planned giving vehicles include bequests and charitable gift annuities. 

Heller staff and Brandeis University advisors are available to assist you in achieving your tax, estate planning, and charitable giving objectives. For further information, please call the Heller Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 781-736-3808.

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