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What is the Founders’ Pledge?
A twist on the Giving Pledge, made popular by Warren Buffett ’51 and Bill Gates, The Founders’ Pledge at Columbia Business School focuses on entrepreneurs and serves as a way to unite charitable goals with your business success. It is an innovative way for entrepreneurs to pledge a percentage of their venture’s future proceeds. Founders simply commit to donating a portion of any wealth resulting from their venture to Columbia Business School.
Christine Alemany ’04
Chief Executive Officer
Sunny Grewal ’13
Co-founder and COO
Gabby Slome Gaddy ’15
Co-founder and Chief Experience Officer
Shazi Visram ’04
Founder & ChairMom
Bing Wang ’07 & Yanan Hu ’08
Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer
Who can make a Founders’ Pledge?
Anyone who holds equity in a company such as founders, investors, and institutional investors.
Is there a cost to participating in the Founders’ Pledge?
There is no cost. No commission, transaction fee, or hidden costs.
Is the Founders’ Pledge legally binding?
Your pledge is an indicator of your intention to fulfill the commitment and is not legally binding.
What happens if I never exit or the business fails?
Your pledge is based only on the success of your venture.
Is there a minimum pledge percentage?
The percentage that you give is completely up to you.
What tax benefit do I receive by participating in the Founders’ Pledge?
Columbia University is a not-for-profit or 501 (c)(3), allowing your gift to count against your taxes as a charitable gift. The tax benefit will come at the time of your gift, not at the time you make your pledge. We encourage pledgers to contact us as they prepare for a liquidity event so that we can discuss tax efficient ways of honoring your pledge.
For more information on the Founders' Pledge at Columbia Business School, please contact Jennifer E. Cole, Senior Associate Director of Major Gifts, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-851-1808.