Guide to Giving-Mechanical Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University

Guide to Giving

Why give?

Your gift to Mechanical Engineering is an expression of your commitment to the innovation and the impact for which the department is known.  Furthermore, each gift both large and small, has a lasting effect not just on the department, but on the world at large as our students and faculty share their knowledge and experience with the world.

Support from our alumni helps us to:

  • Educate tomorrow's engineers
  • Advance the frontiers of knowledge
  • Improve our quality of life
  • Make the world a safer and better place

How does it work?

Annual Giving

Our annual fund, the Mechanical Engineering Development Fund, consists of gifts that are unrestricted and are generally spent in the fiscal year in which they are given. Your gift to the Mechanical Engineering Development Fund helps to defray the costs of educating tomorrow’s leaders and also assists in advancing the frontiers of engineering knowledge in our department, on our campus, and beyond.

Major Gifts

Donors who make major gifts (generally $50,000 and above) often choose to create lasting legacies by establishing or contributing to an endowed fund. Endowments are permanent assets that generate income to support a particular program or area specified by the donor.

Endowed funds can be unrestricted, providing a source of 'seed funding,' or designated for a variety of purposes including scholarships and fellowships; professorships, directorships, and deanships; academic or research or programs; and maintenance of facilities.

Endowments may be named for the donor and/or someone a donor wishes to honor or memorialize.

Naming Opportunities

Donors who establish endowed funds or make major gifts for buildings, research or program funds, or other ongoing projects may choose have their named associated with the fund or the area. Or they may wish to honor or memorialize another person.

How do I make my gift?

Your gift has the greatest impact on the Department of Mechanical Engineering when you earmark it directly for the Department.  We make it easy for you:

  • You can give online,
  • or by phone at 412-268-2021,
  • or by regular mail to: Department of Mechanical Engineering, 426 Scaife Hall, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Your annual gift can simply be designated "Mechanical Engineering Development Fund."  And please, don't forget about matching gifts – your employer may match your contribution to make your gift go even farther.