Institutional Advancement

The Office of Institutional Advancement establishes long-lasting community relationships and utilizes financial resources to support our students and programs by securing private philanthropic gifts. It supports student learning and success, the delivery of administrative and academic services and programs and overall maintenance of the college grounds through visibility, outside funding, donor engagement and strategic community partnerships.


The Belonging & Becoming Campaign will ensure a dynamic future for CCSJ. We must have competitive educational and scholarship resources that make our programs attractive and affordable to prospective and current students. With your support, we become a stronger institution that is an anchor to our community and a place where many belong.

Annual Gala


The 2024 Trustees’ Scholarship Gala will be held on Friday, April 19, 2024, at the Hard Rock Casino. Stay tuned for more information on the event and how you can take part!

Ways to Give


The CCSJ Fund provides flexible, unrestricted dollars to support and enhance the mission of the college. Financial gifts of any size, no matter how big or small, are accepted as yearly donations to provide support for academic departments, student activities, campus maintenance, and more. Your gifts go to work immediately to meet Calumet College of St. Joseph’s most important needs and priorities.


Now more than ever, scholarships are of critical importance. The need and demand for financial aid continues to increase. Every gift, whatever the amount, has the potential to make a difference in a student’s life.

Crimson Wave Athletics

Gifts towards the Crimson Wave athletics are needed for CCSJ to continue to offer competitive scholarships, recruit talented athletes, and provide them with the education and environment to win.

Endowed Giving

Gifts to endowment are the College’s best means for ensuring sustainability for the future. They also provide an opportunity for you to create a lasting impact at Calumet College of St. Joseph.

Contact the Office of Institutional Advancement for more information.

We ask you to consider philanthropic support of Calumet College of St. Joseph, sharing in the investment to ensure help for our students. Gifts to CCSJ may be made in accordance with the following methods.

Cash & Pledges

CCSJ accepts gifts made as cash through checking accounts (made payable to Calumet College of St. Joseph), by electronic fund transfer (EFT) and by means of a credit/debit card. Online gifts may be made by visiting Individuals should inquire with their (or their spouse’s) employer regarding matching gift programs.

Make Your Gift Now

Memorial or Tribute Gifts

Donors may give a gift in honor or memory of a loved one or an individual from the College community such as a past or current professor, coach, staff person, or administrator. Every effort will be made to share notification of gifts made with recognized individuals or next of kin.

Stocks & Securities

Consider using assets such as stocks, bonds, CDs, and real estate for your charitable gifts. Gifts of this nature may be sent via wire transfer, and donors may consult their brokers or financial advisors on how best to facilitate this with the College.

Real Estate & Other Property

Outright gifts of real estate may be accepted, but in all cases, the College will seek legal counsel prior to approval. Gifts of tangible personal property (e.g., artwork, automobiles, special collections/memorabilia, etc.) are deductible according to their Fair Market Value and should follow IRS guidelines. Approval of these items and a thorough review of details should take place before proceeding as they may place an undue burden on the College to accept or maintain.

Planned/Estate Gifts

Donors are encouraged to make bequests to the College under their wills, trusts, insurance policies, commercial annuities, and retirement plans or assets. CCSJ may be made the beneficiary for a specific amount or percentage of the assets. Donors are asked to notify the College of any planned giving intentions and will be enrolled in the Fr. Lefko Society.

CCSJ urges you to seek the assistance of personal legal and financial advisors in matters relating to your charitable giving, including the resulting tax and estate planning consequence.

A matching gift from your employer can increase the value of your gift to Calumet College of St. Joseph. Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees.

If your company is eligible, request a matching gift form from your employer, and send it completed and signed with your gift. We will do the rest. The impact of your gift to Calumet College of St. Joseph may be doubled or possibly tripled! Some companies match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses.

There are many ways to make a meaningful gift to Calumet College of St. Joseph and right now is the perfect time to make a gift. As you consider your charitable gifts between now and the end of the year, remember that gifts made now could generate income tax deductions that may help reduce your tax bill for 2023.

Ways to Make a Year-End Gift

By Visiting Our Office

Feel free to drop off your gift at our office by Friday, December 22, 2023. Our hours are 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. We’d love to see you!

Online via Credit Card

The most convenient, secure, and easiest way to ensure that your year-end gift to Calumet College of St. Joseph is received on time is to make it online at Please be sure to make your online gift by 11:59 p.m. (Central Standard Time) on Sunday, December 31, 2023.

By Mail

If you prefer, you can send a gift check by mail. The check must be mailed via the U.S. Postal Service with a postmark and check date on or before December 31, 2023, in order to receive credit for 2023. Please make your check payable to “Calumet College of St. Joseph” and mail gift to:

Calumet College of St. Joseph
Office of Institutional Advancement
2400 New York Avenue
Whiting, IN 46394

Gifts of Securities

Making a gift with appreciated stock is an exceptional way to support Calumet College of St. Joseph. In most instances, you will save on capital gains and receive an income tax deduction for a charitable gift while enabling the College to provide the best educational opportunities for students.

To ensure the successful execution of your gift of stocks/securities, see the PDF below.

DTA Gift of Stock Form (PDF)

Questions about Year-End Giving or Supporting CCSJ:

Please call the Office of Institutional Advancement at (219)473-4388 for additional information.

Tax Credit

Gifts made to Calumet College of St. Joseph are tax-deductible and Indiana residents can qualify for a 50% tax credit (up to $200 – married, filing joint return, or $100 – single filer) by filing the CC-40 form. To take advantage of this opportunity, you must use the Indiana Department of Revenue Schedule CC-40 when filing your state income tax return.

Giving Societies

St. Joseph Society

Established in 2010, the St. Joseph Society recognizes donors who have contributed a minimum of $1,000 during a single fiscal year. Gifts, pledge payments and matching gifts received between July 1 and June 30 of each fiscal year qualify donors for membership that year. Single or multiple gifts directed to any purpose at Calumet College of St. Joseph and given within the fiscal year are counted towards your total for recognition at this level.

Gifts are used to:

  • Provide scholarships and financial aid for deserving students
  • Further our mission and programs
  • Support CCSJ’s areas of greatest need

The Bishop's Society – $2,500 or more

Newly established donor society to recognize annual gifts of $2,500 or more in a year.

Recognition and benefits include:

  • Preferential seating at the Annual Trustees’ Scholarship Gala, our signature event
  • Event with the Bishop of Gary to be determined
  • Plus, membership benefits of the St. Joseph Society

Fr. Lefko Legacy Society

The Lefko Society honors individuals who have made provisions for CCSJ in their wills, retirement, estate plans, or other types of deferred gifts that benefit the college in the future.

Recognition and benefits include:

  • With donor’s permission: Recognition in alumni magazine & CCSJ website

Office of Institutional Advancement

Ester Diaz
Director of Institutional Advancement

 Phone:  (219) 473-4318


  • Monday – Friday: 8:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.