Support CBIS

How to Give

There are many ways to give to the Center for Biotechnology & Interdisciplinary Studies.

Contact: You can contact us directly to answer your questions: Deepak Vashishth, Director, Center for Biotechnology & Interdisciplinary Studies, 518-276-2296/4050 or c/o , , 518-276-

For more information, you can also contact: Lisa Millington, Office of Donor Relations, ,, 518-276-2694

To Give By Mail: Make check payable to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Enclose a response card from the Center for Biolotechnology & Interdisciplinary Studies or make a note in the memo section of the check as to where you would like your money directed.  Mail to:
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Gift Processing Center - CBIS
P.O. Box 3164, Boston MA 02241

To Give By Credit Card: Make a contribution here using your credit card.

To Wire Funds. You can wire funds directly to Rensselaer in payment of a gift. Contact Gifts Processing Office,, 518-276-5013

Gift Planning

Legacy or "planned" gifts make it possible for you to support the Rensselaer School of Engineering for generations to come. We offer a variety of creative ways to contribute, including:

  • Gifts that cost nothing today, such as beneficiary designations and gifts through your will
  • Gifts that pay income to you or a loved one, such as annuities and charitable trusts
  • Gifts that reduce the cost of giving, such as appreciated securities or real estate

Contact Art Tracy, the Director of Gift Planning at Rensselaer at 518-276-2561. He can help you design a long-term gift to support School of Engineering causes that are most meaningful to you.

Matching Gifts

Many employers sponsor corporate matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions that their employees or spouses make. Matching gift programs can double or possibly triple your donation. Please obtain your company’s matching gift form and return it with your contribution.

Each year, Rensselaer receives nearly $1 million in additional support from donors who take advantage of corporate gift match. Corporate gift match is considered when determining your annual gift club status. To determine if your company participates in corporate match, contact your company's personnel or human resource office.

If your company does participate, or if you are submitting a paper matching gift form, please fill out the appropriate form and send it with your gift to the following address:

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Gifts Processing Center
P.O. Box 3164
Boston, MA 02241-3164

For more information, contact Gifts Processing Office,, 518-276-5013.

Tax Considerations

Your gift may provide you with federal and state income tax benefits. If you itemize deductions on your federal income tax return, you may be able to deduct your contribution to Rensselaer from your adjusted gross income. In addition, gifts of appreciated property avoid long-term capital gains tax. Check with your tax advisor for deduction and capital gains tax requirements and limitations for your situation. If you are itemizing deductions, you may deduct contributions to Rensselaer (and also other qualifying charities) using Schedule A to form 1040. These reductions reduce your taxable income and thereby reduce your tax liability by the amount of your donation multiplied by your marginal tax rate.

Your state may also allow a credit or deduction.

As you consider your gift, please be aware of the following income tax considerations when giving to Rensselaer’s School of Engineering. As always, you should consult a qualified tax professional for tax advice. Rensselaer has 501(c)(3) non-profit tax exempt status our federal tax ID number is 14-1340095.