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Make A Lasting Impact

There are many ways you can make an impact on Gratz students today and in the future. A gift to Gratz College makes a difference for our vibrant community of learners.

From our youngest to our oldest, Gratz students share a common drive to develop the knowledge and skills needed to make their communities, and the world, a better place. Your support strengthens Gratz as an institution committed to providing the tools and resources our students need.

Gratz Funds

You can provide unrestricted support for the College by giving to the Annual Fund or direct your gift to specific areas of the College. With any of these designations, your gift will strengthen the College and all of the Gratz community will benefit from your generosity.

  • Annual Fund provides unrestricted support for college operations.
  • Alumni Fund supports services, networking, and learning opportunities for alumni.
  • Gratz Academy Fund supports high school programs (formerly the Jewish Community High School) that provide online Jewish Studies and language courses for teens worldwide.
  • Holocaust Oral History Archive Fund supports one of the largest and earliest collections of audio-taped testimony in the U.S.
  • President's Scholarship Fund helps Gratz students in need of tuition assistance.
  • Tuttleman Library Fund supports Gratz’s private academic research library which is open to researchers of all levels.

Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program

Individuals and businesses in Pennsylvania can claim a 90% state income tax credit and a 10% itemized charitable contribution by donating to Gratz through the EITC program. Your EITC contribution will support the development of innovative Gratz programs that build bridges and combat hate. Programs include the following:

  • Dual enrollment courses for Pennsylvania high school students in courses such as American Jewish History, the Black and Jewish Experience, and others that provide high school and college-level credit.
  • Experiential Holocaust education for high school students:
    • State-of-the-art technology that preserves Holocaust survivors’ stories as holograms
    •  Live performances of the Survivors play
    • Annual Youth Symposium on the Holocaust/Mordechai Anielewicz Creative Arts Competition which invites students in grades 7-12 to learn about the Holocaust and respond by means of creative expression culminating in an awards ceremony.

In addition to these programs, EITC funding makes it possible to generate innovative content that is integral to the dual enrollment courses and to the design of The Fellowship for Emerging Black and Jewish Leaders, a partnership with UNCF, Hillel International, and the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity.

For more information, please contact Naomi Housman at

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David Best Sr., M.A.,'19, and his family celebrate his successful completion of the Jewish Professional Studies program at Gratz College. 

Memorial and Tribute Gifts

Make a gift to Gratz College in memory of a loved one or to celebrate a special occasion. Consider gifts in multiples of 18, in the Jewish tradition of “giving chai (life).” With a gift of $18 or more, Gratz will send a personalized acknowledgment card to your named recipient.

Planned Giving

A planned, or “legacy,” gift is a powerful way to make a lasting impact at Gratz for generations to come.  Donors who make a commitment to Gratz in the form of a planned or deferred gift are invited to join the L’Dor V’Dor Society. There are many types of planned or deferred gifts, including the following:

  • Bequest

  • Charitable income gifts

  • Charitable gift annuities

  • Charitable remainder unitrusts

  • Charitable remainder annuity trusts

  • Gifts of life insurance

  • Gifts of appreciated assets

 For more information about supporting Gratz through one of the following vehicles contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at

Named Endowment Funds

Establishing an endowment is one excellent way to provide meaningful, long-term support for Gratz. Donors can name an endowment in honor or memory of a loved one, and can direct the funds for general support, scholarship, professorship, lecture, or other purposes.  

Donors can also contribute to an endowment fund that has already been established.  See below for a list of named endowment funds.

"It is difficult to choose the most meaningful aspect of learning at Gratz because the overall experience was so rewarding.  From the variety in course selections, to the engaging online discussions between classmates to the encouraging and supportive faculty, I was able to expand my learning and feel a part of a community whose goal was to make this world a better place."

— Melissa Mikel, 2020 graduate, in video to left and pictured above

By the Numbers


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*2020 calendar year

** 2019-2020 academic year