The Columbia Campaign for the Earth Institute

The Columbia Campaign for the Earth Institute is a $300 million initiative that will enable us to fulfill our role as a global leader in sustainable development.

No matter how great the challenges we face, human beings have the ability – and the responsibility – to solve them.

We have embraced that responsibility with unparalleled passion, creativity and drive. Our goal is to preserve the vitality of our planet and its people. To do that, we require financial resources to sustain our mission and secure our future. That is why we embarked on a comprehensive $300 million fundraising initiative as part of Columbia University's ambitious $5 billion campaign.

Campaign contributions help fund vital projects, ensure the long-term viability of the Earth Institute, and drive the sustainable development solutions of tomorrow. Your support will help us continue to attract the world's most visionary scientists and scholars, establish partnerships with leading organizations and institutions, construct state-of-the-art facilities, and carry out crucial laboratory and field-based research.

Campaign Priorities

Endowment ($100 million) – Endowment funds provide salaries and grants for professors and financial aid for researchers.
Listen to Professor Manu Lall’s perspective of why endowment funding is so important.

Facilities ($50 million) – We seek donors to support the construction of a state-of-the-art headquarters for the Earth Institute.
Learn about the Comer Geochemistry building, a state-of-the-art geochemistry research facility for largest unit, the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

Projects and Research ($150 million) – Support for our many projects and research initiatives helps us take visionary ideas into the field at locations around the world.
Watch an animation about carbon capture and reuse, a field being pioneered by scientists here at the Earth Institute and Columbia University.

Campaign Update

To date, we have raised $240 million of our $300 million goal. Our campaign e-newsletter features the recent gifts, grants, partnerships that are helping to achieve that goal and to advance our ground-breaking research and education initiatives to advance the field of sustainable development. Through the newsletter, we also share information on campaign initiatives and upcoming events. Visit the links below to view past issues.

Campaign Progress Chart