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Your Gift Makes a Difference

​​Your contribution to the American Council on Education (ACE) will shape the future of U.S. higher education and build on a century of progress. Charitable support helps ACE to expand innovation, equity, and inclusion in U.S. higher education and to invest in one of our greatest resources—diverse future leaders in higher education. Please see ACE’s case for support (5.6 MB PDF) to learn more.

To explore benefits at our different giving levels, visit our Donor Recognition and Visibility page.

ACE President's Fund

A gift to the ACE President’s Fund provides a powerful form of private support by allowing the Council to direct gifts where the need is greatest. Such gifts allow ACE to advance strong public policy and practice across higher education.​

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Women's Leadership Legacy Fund

Your contribution to the Women's Leadership Legacy Fund will build on nearly a century of progress in expanding women’s leadership in higher education by strengthening the success of future generations. Through generous grants and scholarships, the Women’s Leadership Legacy Fund ensures that cost is not a barrier to professional advancement and prepares emerging leaders for the next challenge.

Fund for Leaders of Color

The Fund for Leaders of Color provides scholarships for leaders of color to participate in professional learning programs and events hosted by ACE. These scholarships offset expenses associated with participating in professional learning opportunities and enable more leaders to access resources and insights that can bolster their careers and increase their potential for career advancement.

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ACE Fellows Program

For more than 50 years, the ACE Fellows Program has been the nation’s premier higher education leadership development program, ​preparing senior leaders to serve American colleges and universities. The following three funds ensure access to this renowned program: 

  • Fund for the Future increases diversity among participants.
  • Marlene Ross Institutional Grant Fund sustains institutional diversity through financial assistance to nominating institutions.
  • Council of Fellows Annual Fund supports the ability of Fellows to attend the Council of Fellows Weekend during ACE’s Annual Meeting.

 The Impact of Your Gift

Gifts of $500 to $5,000 will support one or more full or partial scholarships and grants for the Fellows Funds, Scholarship for Leaders of Color, or Women’s Leadership Legacy Fund. Scholarships ensure access to professional development opportunities for individuals from under-resourced and/or minority-serving institutions.

A gift of $2,500 to $20,000 can defray the cost of participation in ACE’s professional development programs, including the Fellows Program, Regional Summits, Transformation Labs, and the ACE ENGAGE® digital platform for a period of two to three years for a recipient’s journey to higher levels of leadership.

A gift of $5,000 to $10,000 to the President’s Fund could support the development of a white paper or commissioned blog on student success, data-enabled decision-making, or other timely topics to raise awareness and inform executive practice. 

A gift of $10,000 would enable the Council to host a convening, digital forum, or webinar on a topic such as change management or equity-minded leadership.​​