• Welcome to the Office of Development

    Gifts to the Maxwell School allow us to continue the legacy of educating tomorrow's leading thinkers through the school's commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration and research.

    The reasons for giving are as diverse as our students: alumni donate to give back to a beloved institution; many donate in honor of a beloved professor or loved one; others want to be a part of the cutting edge research Maxwell is a part of; and some donate to invest in our outstanding students through scholarship.

  • Planned Giving: How It Works

    Planned giving mechanisms empower donors who always wanted to do something special.

    Graduates with fond memories of Maxwell give regularly to the Annual Fund and other priorities that arise. But when the donor starts to think about his or her ultimate Maxwell legacy, the strategy often involves planned giving.

    “Planned giving provides a way to make a signature gift to an institution you believe in,” says Linda Birnbaum, assistant dean for advancement, “leveraging your estate to fund a gift greater than you probably ever imagined.” 

    And, while creating a legacy at Maxwell, planned giving also allows donors to provide for loved ones. Thoughtful estate planning can result in tax savings and may reduce probate expenses.

    Planned giving most typically takes the form of bequests — “It’s similar to deciding who gets a family heirloom,” says Birnbaum — but life insurance and charitable gift annuities are also popular.

    Bequest
    In this case, donors include a provision in their will or revocable trust that leaves a portion of their assets to Maxwell. “The same way people put children in their wills, you can name Maxwell a beneficiary,” Birnbaum says.

    Charitable Remainder Trust
    This arrangement pays income to named beneficiaries during their lifetimes; the remaining trust assets are ultimately transferred to Maxwell. With this option, donors ensure their beneficiaries are cared for first.

    Life Insurance
    A donor may purchase or transfer ownership of a life insurance policy to Maxwell. The donor pays the annual premium, which is usually tax deductible.

    Charitable Gift Annuity
    This device commits a donation to Maxwell while providing the donor quarterly annuity payments. “It’s a way to confirm a gift that generates income, while still conveying your loyalty to and trust in Maxwell,” Birnbaum says.

    “There are many ways you can create a legacy, no matter your career, your age, or your income,” Birnbaum says. “The important thing is, if you had a good experience at Maxwell, you want to give someone else a similar chance. Planned giving offers options to make a truly impressive contribution.”

    Make an Impact with Gift Planning
    Visit Syracuse University's planned giving website, ForeverSyracuse.syr.edu, for more information on how to add SU to your gift planning.

  • Commitment to Inclusion

    The Maxwell School stands in support of all students demanding change in the face of racism and hate speech on our campus. We are committed to making our school and our university a more inclusive and just community for all.

    There is absolutely no place here for behavior or language that degrades any individual or group’s race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, disability or religious beliefs.

  • Support Maxwell

  • Make your gift using our online form.

  • Honor Roll of Donors

  • Our 2018-19 Donor Report lists Maxwell alumni and friends, as well as corporations and foundations, that supported the School between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.

    In addition, we recognize lifetime and consecutive annual giving in our Dean's Circle and Sustainers groups.

    > View Maxwell's Honor Roll of Donors for fiscal year 2019.

  • Giving Stories

    Maxwell School names inaugural Palmer Fellows

    MPA students Katherine Gibson and Haley Smith are pursuing their studies this year as the first-ever beneficiaries of the John L. and Stephanie G. Palmer Public Administration Fellowship Fund. This fellowship was recently created by Dean Emeritus John L. Palmer and his wife Stephanie in order to provide financial support and mentoring to a select group of MPA students each year.

     

    Elliot J. Stamler ’60 makes legacy gift to support academic excellence

    Elliot J. Stamler ’60 BA (PSc) has named the University as a beneficiary of a portion of his estate, totaling $5,480,000, to be directed to multiple recipients on campus to support academic and research excellence. His newly announced bequest reflects his own loyalty to his undergraduate professors and his love for the University.

     

    Gift funds research, training on international health care

    A generous gift by David Dean '76 MSSc/'78 PhD (SSc) has established the Health Management Faculty Development Fund at the Maxwell School. The fund will support research and teaching by a soon-to-be-hired faculty member, who will focus on health care policy and management.