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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.

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 microgrants 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.

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, ​​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, Transformation Labs, and other professional development programs 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 would enable the Council to host a convening, digital forum, or webinar on a topic such as change management or equity-minded leadership.​​