Why Give?

Now more than ever, the world needs leaders at every level to manage the increasing complexity of security at all levels—global, national, and human. Today’s security threats are not as stark and dramatic as during the Cold War, but neither are they as amenable to readily available solutions such as deterrence, agreements on spheres of influence, or formal arms control. Contemporary security threats are characterized by state weakness as much as state strength and by ambiguity and uncertainty rather than the clarity of bipolar competition.

Your gift to the Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security studies provides support for teaching, research, and public outreach activities that positively impact policymakers and scholars to achieve greater understanding and novel insight into the contemporary security environment. Global dynamics, global interdependencies, and contagion effects demand an eclectic multi-disciplinary approach.

With the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs as its home, the Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies is unique in its ability to reach current and future public policy officials and to prepare them with the professional knowledge and personal fortitude to deal with the world’s most pressing security issues.

How to Give

There are many ways to give; let us help you determine which is right for you.

  • When you make an annual contribution of $1,000 or more, you will be recognized as a member of the Chancellor’s Circle and will be invited to the annual Chancellor’s Circle event as a special guest of the Chancellor.

  • By making a minimum contribution of $10,000 (may be $2,000 per year over five years), you can establish a named Endowed Fund to benefit the work of the Ridgway Center. Endowed Funds provide support in perpetuity and may include matching gifts from your employer or planned giving options.

  • By making a contribution through a bequest, annuity, trust, life insurance policy or other means, you will be inducted into the University of Pittsburgh’s 1787 Society. The Society recognizes alumni and friends who have made a commitment through a planned or deferred gift.

  • Your gift of any size may be made online through our secure online giving form, or by mailing your check, made payable to "University of Pittsburgh," along with a completed pledge card to: Pitt Annual Fund, Park Plaza, 128 North Craig Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15260

For a confidential discussion about giving opportunities, please contact Libby Hilf, Director of Alumni Affairs and Development, at 412-648-7608.

Your gift of any size makes a difference and is truly appreciated.

Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies
3930 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260