Join Us. Support HERS.

Gifts to support access, engagement in the HERS Network, and research will strengthen HERS to meet this important moment—now and for the next 50 years. Through your philanthropic support, we will unite with HERS alums and other benefactors to train and empower a community of bold leaders in higher education.

WHY Give?

Every gift matters, and your generosity makes a difference!

Did you know that women hold less than 40% of college and university president and chancellor positions in U.S. higher education?

Since its founding in 1972, HERS has contributed significantly to obliterating visible and invisible barriers for women in their ascent to senior leadership positions in higher education. While progress has been achieved in the representation of women leaders—going from zero to 39% of campus CEOs in over 50 years—other inequities persist.

HERS offers equity-focused programs and curricula, preparing campus leaders in all stages of their career to effectively and equitably address the most pressing challenges in higher education today, including:

  • Steep declines in enrollment, while U.S. society is simultaneously diversifying demographically.
  • Tuition-dependent institutions closing or merging as a result of not meeting enrollment projections.
  • Waning of trust in, and value of, higher education faculty, credentials, and degrees.
  • Drastic decreases in state financial support from legislators, while they simultaneously expand their power and influence over teaching and learning inputs and outcomes, and institutional governance.
  • Increase of mental illness plaguing campus constituents, particularly students, which has especially escalated among historically underrepresented and marginalized communities since the global pandemic.

Your financial support for HERS drives leadership equity across all institution types, enabling the higher education sector to better tackle these ongoing challenges, better support an increasingly diverse student body, and better prepare students to create a more equitable society.  

Join us. Support HERS.
Your gift has the power to reshape higher education by empowering the next generation of leaders.

Your philanthropic support expands access to HERS programs, creates more opportunities for the HERS Network to engage, and funds HERS research, all of which helps us close the gender gap in higher education senior leadership. 

Join us in empowering a community of bold leaders who will transform higher education and by extension our society for a more equitable future.

“My donations to HERS pale in comparison to what I’ve received. In my last two jobs, I negotiated significant salary increases, and I would not have known how to do that had it not been for HERS. I am also working with my university to give financial assistance to staff members to attend HLI. There are many ways to say thank you to an organization that has given me so much."

Ways to give

Every gift matters, and your generosity makes a difference!

There are many ways to give, and some gift opportunities even provide income and tax benefits to you. All donations to the HERS, a 501(c)(3) organization, are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

If you have questions, please contact us: or (303) 871-6866.

If you have questions, please contact us: or (303) 871-6866.

Donate Online or by Check

Please make checks payable to HERS (Higher Education Resource Services) and send them securely to our address.

HERS (Higher Education Resource Services)
The Chambers Center
1901 E. Asbury Ave., Suite 220
Denver, CO 80208

Outright Gifts

Gifts of appreciated securities (stocks and/or bonds), IRA distributions (such as the required minimum distribution (RMD)) may be gifted to HERS with tax benefits for you.

Sustaining Support

Become a sustaining HERS legacy donor by contributing $25/month for one year or more.

We will let you know when you hit your one-year mark and with your permission, you’ll be recognized in our quarterly newsletter.

Sponsor a HERS Leadership Institute Participant

You can support the advancement of one or more women to attend HERS signature leadership program. For additional information regarding sponsorship donation opportunities, please contact

Tribute and memorial giving

Honor your HLI cohort, HERS colleagues, and/or memorialize friends or family by making a gift to HERS.  Please include their name(s) on the online donation form or write their name(s) on the memo line of your check.

As an alumna, make a gift in honor of your cohort by writing in your graduation year and location.

Planned Gifts

Planned Gifts are documented gifts that are promised in the future. The most common types of planned gifts include bequests, charitable gift annuities, charitable trusts, life insurance, real estate, and retirement plan assets. Contact a member of the HERS team to get started.

Matching Gifts

You and your family members may be able to double the impact of your donation through a matching gift program. Many organizations match donations made by their current and retired employees to nonprofits. Your organization’s charitable arm, HR office and/or plan administrator are typically the best place to find forms and specific requirements.

HERS Federal Tax ID: 83-0395730