Donate Property

The Cooper Union accepts gifts-in-kind that are appropriate to its mission. Gifts-in-kind may include, but are not limited to, works of art, scientific equipment, books, and real estate.  

Outright gifts of appreciated real property not only help the college, but also offer tax advantages to the donor. You receive philanthropic credit and a charitable deduction for the full fair-market value of the property, as determined by a qualified appraiser.

The college has a gift acceptance committee that reviews in-kind gift offers to ascertain the potential costs and risks associated with each piece of property before accepting the gift.

To initiate such a gift, please contact Jeanne Lunin, Director of Development, at (212) 353-4107 or


  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.