Class Giving

The Cooper Union depends on and is grateful for the generous and loyal support of its alumni.  Next to each name appears the number of years that an alumnus or alumna has made a gift to the Annual Fund.  Please note how these numbers were determined and what they represent:

We have kept computerized records of individual giving from 1980 to the present.  Gifts made prior to 1980 are considered "historical year"gifts and cannot be counted individually.  Therefore, the maximum number of years that any alumnus or alumna has next to his or her name for fiscal year 2010 is 31.

A portion of all unrestricted bequests received by The Cooper Union goes to the Annual Fund.  Therefore, a deceased alumnus or alumna who had not made a gift to the Annual Fund will have the number (1) next to his or her name if the bequest was received in fiscal year 2010.

Perpetual Annual Giving Endowments, or PAGE funds, are gifts to the endowment that generate income, year after year, for the Annual Fund.  PAGE fund distributions are included in the count so that, in fact, someone may have made only one (1) Annual Fund gift, but all subsequent distributions are counted as years of participation, even posthumously.

Top Ten Classes

By Dollar Amount to the Annual Fund

Class Year Total Gift Amount
1963 $97,792
1949 $59,828
1955 $52,993
1960 $47,507
1948 $45,481
1961 $43,880
1950 $43,381
1968 $43,362
1951 $41,910
1970 $38,760

By Participation

Class Year Participation Rate
1960 48%
1940 48%
1950 45%
1962 45%
1953 45%
1944 42%
1946 42%
1951 41%
1959 41%
1947 40%


Donors by Class Year












  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.