How you can help

The generosity of alumni, parents and friends directly strengthens the Department of Computer Science.  Please consider supporting our mission, so that we can continue to provide a first-class education to our students, recruit and retain outstanding students, faculty and staff, maintain state-of-the-art research facilities, and pursue high risk, high impact research.

Many employers will match donations from employees. To see if your employer will match your donation, please see the Matching Gifts page.

Please contact us if you would like to explore other ways in which you can support the department.

Types of support

Gifts that make the most immediate impact are unrestricted current-use gifts.  These gifts make possible a wide range of important programs and activities, including student and faculty travel, student organization activities, alumni engagement, and K-12 and community outreach.  

Secondly, endowed funds offer a way to make a long-term contribution to the growth and excellence of our programs.   Supporters can contributed to existing endowments, or consider establishing a new endowment, including faculty chairs & professorships, faculty fellowships, graduate fellowships and undergraduate scholarships.  

Finally, our corporate partners have many ways to support our programs through the Computer Science Resources Consortium (CSRC).  In addition to various standard membership and engagement levels, the CSRC offers additional designated sponsorship opportunities.  Companies can support individual research labs or department-affiliated centers with which they desire a particularly close relationship. 

Top priorities

Unrestricted current-use gifts.  These have the most immediate and flexible impact on students and on the department’s growth and excellence.  Specify "Computer Science Department Annual Fund” – Fund Number 881337.

Diversity.  The department is building a special endowed fund, the Barbara Ryder Excellence Fund, which is particularly focused on supporting diversity and inclusion in computer science.  Specify the "Barbara G. Ryder Fund for Excellence in Computer Science" - Fund Number 861127.

Endowed scholarships.  To help build our undergraduate scholarship endowment, please specify the "CS Investment in Excellence Endowment" – Fund Number 860199.

How to give

To give online, please visit the university online gift page.  To specify the Department of Computer Science as the recipient of your gift, be sure to follow these steps:

  1. Select "College of Engineering" from the "Select an area" menu
  2. From the "Select a fund" menu select
    • "Computer Science Department Annual Fund" to contribute unrestricted current-use gifts, or
    • "Other" and designate "CS Investment in Excellence Endowment,  Fund 860199" to contribute to the undergraduate scholarship endowment, or
    • "Other" and designate "Barbara G. Ryder Fund for Excellence in Computer Science, Fund 861127" to contribute to the Ryder endowment for diversity.