For alumna Donna Rosenthal, MSW ’67, giving back was never an afterthought—it was a way of life. This belief guided her throughout her career at government agencies and in leadership roles in local and national nonprofits. It was also the reason she decided to make a gift by will to the Columbia School of Social Work.

When Donna passed away in 2015, Columbia lost a proud alumna and New York City a dedicated social worker. But her memory lives on at the School of Social Work through the endowed Donna M. Rosenthal Scholarship, which, beginning in the fall, will provide partial tuition coverage to second-year students at the Columbia School of Social Work who are specializing in gerontology or mental health to reflect Donna’s personal commitment to these areas.

With the launch of this new fund, Donna joins the ranks of hundreds of alumni who have given generously through their wills to support the School and our students in the belief that they should nurture the community that nurtured them in their social work careers.

“We are grateful to all the alumni and friends who have sustained the tradition of planned giving to meet the changing needs of the School,” said Stacy Kass, Associate Dean for Development and External Relations. “Anyone can make a gift like Donna’s at any amount. Whether $1,000 or over $1 million or some amount in between—it all adds up to make a difference to the School of Social Work and its students.”

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