The Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health welcomes contributions of all sizes, which enable the Center to maintain the scope and quality of our groundbreaking research, but also to launch new endeavors that leverage our breadth of expertise. Your generosity can assist us in a variety of ways – from helping to fund the basic necessities to conduct our ongoing cohort studies in New York City, Poland, and China, to underwriting our research translation projects that communicate our findings to the general public, policy makers, and the healthcare community. We welcome inquiries from interested individuals, corporate donors, foundation officers, and others who wish to invest in children’s environmental health.
In this section, you will find detailed information on ways you can give and how your gift will enable the Center to continue our critical environmental health research, community outreach, and translation activities.
To make a donation by credit card, please click here to access our secure online giving site.
If you prefer to donate by check, please mail your check to:
The Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health
Attn: Development Officer
722 West 168th Street, 12th Floor, Room 1200
New York, NY 10032
Please make your check payable to the Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York, and specify that your donation is for the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health in the memo line on your check.
For more information, please contact Kimberly Burke at 212-304-7284 or send an email.
If you would like to provide in-kind gifts to the Center, we’ll use your generous donation for the families and children in the NYC research studies.
Honoring Special Occasions and Loved Ones
A donation to the Center for any occasion (weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and holidays) is a meaningful way to pay tribute to someone special.
Gifts to Individuals
For a minimum donation of $25, the Center will send a card from you to your chosen recipient. All cards will inform the recipient that a gift to the Center has been made in their honor without revealing the amount of your donation.
For a minimum gift of $500, you’ll receive 50 cards and envelopes that can be sent to gift recipients, informing them that a gift to the Center has been made in their honor without revealing the amount of your donation. Please allow 2 weeks for the delivery of your cards.
Give the gift of a healthy environment today! If paying by credit card, please go to our secure, online site, and fill in the appropriate gift amount, honoree information or mailing address for the cards. If you would prefer to not fill out the online form, please download the following form here.
There are a number of wonderful naming opportunities available at the Center. The financial requirements for naming opportunities differ, and donors are encouraged to discuss their ideas with Center staff.
The Center is supported by a number of federal research grants, as well as private foundations and large donors. A list of current initiatives are accessible through this link; for a list of upcoming projects and new initiatives, please direct inquiries here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is my gift tax-deductible?
Columbia University is a non-profit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Your contribution is tax-deductible.
Why is this work important?
Exposure to pollutants can lead to asthma, cancer, developmental delays and impaired fetal growth. Low birth weight is the second leading predictor of infant mortality in the United States, and incidence of low birth weight is higher in Central Harlem, the South Bronx and Washington Heights compared to all of New York City. Other facts include:
- New York City has some of the country’s highest asthma-related hospitalization and mortality rates among children and young adults, with African American and Latino patients accounting for more than 80 percent of the cases.
- Children with high prenatal exposure to air pollution from fuel burning are being born with a type of genetic damage known to increase cancer risk.
- Children exposed to pollutants can have developmental delays that impact their quality of life for years to come, including lower performance on cognitive development tests at early ages, and symptoms of Attention-deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and other developmental disorders.
In addition, the health issues studied at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health do not occur in isolation, nor are they unique to our cohort. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the United States, approximately 16% of boys and 8% of girls aged 5 to 17 years had ever had diagnoses of ADHD or learning disability; 9.4% of children have asthma; and approximately 17% of children and adolescents are obese.
Due to the ubiquitous nature of chemicals in our environment, these health issues affect all children, making our findings crucial in informing the larger public.
What will my gift support?
Financial support for the Center will sustain the Center’s cohort studies the United States, Europe and Asia. In New York City, an excellent retention rate has enabled researchers to follow the families since 1998. The oldest children in the study are now approaching adolescence, believed to be a critical period in their development. The literature shows that the prevalence of neurodevelopmental disorders increases through adolescence for both boys and girls, and that persistence into the adolescent years strongly predicts disorders in adulthood. Asthma during young adulthood, even in the absence of smoking, has been associated with chronic obstructive lung disease in adults. We have long known that cancer can result from the accumulation of damaged DNA.
What distinguishes you from other organizations in your field?
The Center goes beyond its commitment to extensive clinical research to inform families of preventive measures they can implement in their daily lives. Close partnerships with community organizations ensure the Center is in touch with local concerns and can effectively distribute important educational materials for those families.
The Center’s Community Advisory and Stakeholders Board (CASB) consist of representatives from established environmental and housing advocacy and health service organizations in northern Manhattan and the South Bronx and in the surrounding region. The CASB plays an active role in providing us essential feedback in developing outreach and translational materials, educating local communities by distributing Healthy Home Healthy Child campaign materials, and delivering workshops.