Ways to Give

Your gift to the College helps us assist our students, faculty, staff and ultimately the city of Philadelphia. With that in mind, we offer several ways to give. All of your donations further our efforts to provide the best education and learning environment possible for our students.

COVID-19 Stimulus Package: How the CARES Act Impacts Charitable Giving for 2020

For the entire year of 2020, the limitation on how much of your charitable donations you can deduct against your income, no matter who you are or how much you give, has been lifted. Previously, it was a maximum of 60% for cash donations and 50% for non-cash contributions. Under the CARES Act, these limitations have been removed for Federal income tax purposes. Additionally, anyone who donates up to $300, whether they itemize or not, can deduct that against other income for donations in 2020 (considered an “Above the Line” deduction).


Emergency Support for Students

We are all experiencing a time of great uncertainty. For our students, the COVID-19 pandemic creates significant challenges as they work toward their degrees and a better life. Many of them were already struggling, and now the road ahead is suddenly even more difficult. As they face unexpected additional hardships, the need for assistance with tuition payments, food and housing, and technology costs is greater than ever.

We are here for our students, today and always – and together we will get through this crisis. A gift in support of our emergency funds helps us ensure that the urgent needs of our students are met.

Give to our Emergency Funds



Scholarship donations are by far the most popular philanthropic gifts to Community College of Philadelphia. Scholarships and awards can be made for as little as $250 and can be as large as a permanent endowment for a full scholarship. Donors appreciate that too many of those students struggling to pay for classes are forced to leave before graduating due to financial circumstances. A scholarship can mean the difference between dropping out and completing one's education, or at the least, more time devoted to studies than to a part-time job.



The legacy of a permanent scholarship fund may be established with a minimum contribution of $10,000. Principal from endowed funds is invested, and a portion of the earnings is made available each year for scholarship awards. The endowment minimum may be fulfilled over a period of up to three years.


Special Designated Gifts

Gifts may be made in honor or in memory of a loved one, or in recognition of a favorite faculty or staff member. When making your gift, simply indicate the name of the person you would like to honor or memorialize. All such gifts are listed accordingly in the College Foundation’s Annual Report. When possible, the honored or memorialized person or their family will be notified of your gift.


Planned Gifts

Planned Giving refers to ways to include a charitable gift to Community College of Philadelphia in your will. It also describes a way to invest money so that you receive income during your lifetime, and then bestow the remaining funds to the College. Careful planning will make possible the reduction of income taxes.