Parents and Families

Parents Fund

Ways to Make a Gift to Hamilton

Every Hamiltonian has been the direct beneficiary of the generations of donors who preceded them. Through your gift to the Parents Fund you support the College's most critical and immediate needs, including scholarships, faculty recruitment and retention, and facilities maintenance and renovation. Your gift moves Hamilton forward as it honors its past. Thanks for your generosity!


Complete your gift on the College's secure server at


Call the Parents Fund toll-free number 800-296-6098.


Checks payable to the "Trustees of Hamilton College" sent to:

Parents Fund
Hamilton College
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, N.Y. 13323

Recurring Gifts

Recurring gifts enable you to provide consistent annual or monthly support for Hamilton by credit card. You will not receive mail or telephone solicitations, and your recurring gift will remain in effect until you notify Hamilton of any changes, including new credit card information. Please e-mail or call 1-866-729-0315.

Monthly Giving

The Monthly Giving program allows donors to easily make their gift to the Hamilton Annual Fund in regular monthly installments from a credit card or checking/savings account.

How does this help Hamilton?

Monthly contributions provide the College with an on-going, reliable source of funding. Gifts made through this program reduce our administrative costs and allow more of each gift to be used immediately to support Hamilton's top priorities. Monthly gifts are also "greener" by cutting down on paper and gas and emissions produced by mailings.

How does it help you?

Enrolling in the program means you won't have to worry about writing and sending a check, and the number of phone and mail reminders you receive from the College will decrease. If you choose to allow deductions to continue from year to year, you will be counted among Hamilton’s most loyal and valued donors and be recognized for your participation in the Honor Roll of Donors. Monthly Giving also allows you to make your yearly contribution at a leadership level because your gift is divided into manageable monthly increments. Please consider joining The 1812 Leadership Circle. Monthly amounts may need to be adjusted during the first year if enrollment begins after July to ensure the desired giving level is achieved. The College's fiscal year is July 1 – June 30.

Matching Gift Program

Do you work for a matching gift company? Corporate matching gifts provide a wonderful opportunity to double, sometimes even triple, your contribution to Hamilton College. If you are not sure if your company will match your gift, click here to access the CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) Matching Gifts Online Search to find out.

Stock Transfers

As with all gifts, you should consult your own tax advisors to confirm that it is advantageous for you to contribute appreciated securities.

If your broker (or bank) holds your shares, you may request that they be transferred directly to Hamilton via DTC (Depository Trust Company):

  1. Provide your broker with Hamilton’s DTC information below and ask them to include your name in the wiring instructions:
    Merrill Lynch Account
    DTC: 5198
    Account Number: #814-04355
    Account Name: The Trustees of Hamilton College
    Broker: Margaret Woods (800-229-2985)
  2. In order for Hamilton to promptly process and credit the gift to you, let Nikki Barbano, Assistant Director, Annual Giving and Information Technology, know the name of the stock, and the number of shares or approximate dollar amount you will be transferring (866-729-0315 or
  3. The effective date of your gift will be the date the security is transferred into Hamilton’s account, and the value of your gift will be the average of the high and low quotations for that day.

If you hold your shares in certificate form:

  1. Send the unendorsed certificate(s) by first-class mail to:
    Ms. Nikki Barbano
    Communications & Development
    Hamilton College
    198 College Hill Road
    Clinton, NY 13323
  2. By separate first-class mail, send Nikki a stock power form signed exactly as your name appears on the security but left otherwise completely blank. Include a letter of instruction designating your gift to Hamilton.
  3. The valuation date will be the postmark date on the certificate and the stock power form (whichever is postmarked last), and the value of your gift will be the average of the high and low quotations for that day.
  4. If your gift is to be less than the total number of shares listed on the certificate, include your social security number so a new certificate for the remaining shares can be issued.

Wire Transfers

Please call 800-296-6098 for instructions.

Planned Giving

The Planned Giving Office assists donors in meeting philanthropic and personal planning objectives.

Special Giving Clubs

Hamilton is grateful for gifts of all amounts, and the unrestricted support of the Parents Fund is an essential part of our ability to provide the finest liberal arts education. Please consider a gift at one of our special gift club levels.