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Your Gift Makes a Difference

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Charitable contributions help ACE to invest in our one of our greatest resources—the development of future leaders in higher education. Your gifts in support of scholarships and grants ensure that the best and brightest professionals who reflect the diversity of today’s students lead higher education.​

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. Gifts to this fund build ACE's capacity to offer programs and services for colleges and universities that best support students along their educational pathways. Gifts also help ACE expand awareness of the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion through practice-based insights, research, and convenings.

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 securing 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 leadership challenge. Targeting individuals primarily from under-resourced institutions, these scholarship programs give senior administrators, deans, and other leaders access to professional development programs to advance to the presidency and other senior roles.

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.

ACE Fellows Program

For more than 50 years, the ACE Fellows Program has been widely recognized as the nation’s premier higher education leadership development program. Donations support scholarships and grants to ensure access for individuals who aspire to leadership roles in American higher education. The program offers three funds:

  • Fund for the Future increases diversity among participants.
  • Marlene Ross Institutional Grant Fund sustains institutional diversity by providing financial assistance to nominating institutions.
  • Council of Fellows Annual Fund offers financial support for Fellows attending 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.​​