By Columbia GSB September 30, 2012 Leave a Comment

More than 5,600 alumni and friends gave over $4.7 million to the Columbia Business Fund and the Executive MBA Fund in fiscal year 2012, which ended June 30. The two funds outperformed their previous annual bests, with total giving up nearly $80,000 from last year and alumni participation at a new all-time high of 15 percent.

“We are deeply grateful for the generosity of the Columbia Business School community,” said Lisa Yeh, senior associate dean for External Relations and Development. “Increased unrestricted support through the Columbia Business Fund and the Executive MBA Fund means new curricular innovations, industry-leading faculty research, and superior financial aid packages — all of which are critical to maintaining the School’s stature as a global leader in graduate management education.”

Michael Zapata ’12 says the financial aid he received while a student was especially meaningful. “It made me realize that my support system was much larger than I thought. I was extremely moved by the fact that the School’s alumni, friends, faculty, staff, and students helped me complete my MBA education, and I can’t thank them enough for this.”

For information on how you can lend your support, please contact Barbara Clapp, director of individual giving, at 212-851-4301 or

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