If you would like to support the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES), please consider making a tax-deductible donation using the pledge form attached here. This form allows you to choose whether you would like to support CMES activities in general, or one of the specific focus areas through the restricted gift funds established for their benefit (e.g.  Arab Studies, Iranian Studies, Islam in the Contemporary World).

Donate to CMES and Become a Friend of the Rutgers Center for Middle Eastern Studies. A donation of $50 or more makes you a supporting member of Friends of Rutgers CMES. Your donation can help us hold public events, enhance our academic programs, build our departmental library, and fund student prizes. Substantial donations can be used for named lectures and named chairs.

You can make a tax-deductible gift to CMES in three ways:

1. You can mail us a check directly or mail us your credit card information using the donation form (click here).

Make checks payable to "Rutgers University Foundation" and mail it to the address on the donation form. You can choose on the form which specific fund you wish to contribute to (e.g. Arab Studies, Iranian Studies).


2. You can donate with a credit card online.

Online donations must be processed through the Rutgers Campaign Secure Online Donation Form. When you fill out this form, make sure to choose the following option: "Or choose an institute, center, art museum, the libraries, or the College Avenue Design Competition:" and then scroll down to select "Center for Middle Eastern Studies" as your chosen recipient.

Gifts to CMES will also be credited toward your Class Gift.

3. You can designate us as the recipient of your annual gift.

Whenever you make a pledge to The Rutgers Campaign, make sure you specify that you'd like your gift to go to the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Gifts to CMES will also be credited toward your Class Gift.

Please consider checking to see if your company will match your donation.

Why Donate?

Rutgers University receives less than one-third of its budget from New Jersey state appropriations, and twenty-three percent from student tuition and fees. Only generous gifts from individuals, foundations, and corporations can maintain the status of Rutgers as one of the top public universities in the nation and our department as one of the top departments in the world.

With New Jersey in a budget crisis, Rutgers departments and centers are being asked to make due with less. Because CMES serves so many students and runs so many programs, we make good use of every last dollar. Your contributions can help us through this crucial time.

Matching Donations

Matching gifts are a win-win situation for everybody. Corporations get to make donations to causes their employees support, you get to send more money to the programs of your choice, and recipients are very grateful for the extra funding.

Hundreds of companies have matching gift programs that allow you to magnify the impact of your generosity. To name just a few, Addison Wesley Longman, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Fidelity, Gannett, Johnson & Johnson, The New York Times Co., Norton Publishing, Reuters, Verizon, and Wiley and Sons will all match your donation. Many technology, insurance, manufacturing, retail, and financial institutions also participate, as do most foundations. If your company has a matching gift program, talk to your human resources department about how to have your donations matched.