What is the IDC Founders Pledge?
The IDC Founders Pledge is an opportunity for company founders, equity holders, or investors to make a nonbinding commitment to give back to IDC Herzliya when they attain success. Alumni who make the Founders’ Pledge have full control over the timing, amount, and designation of their gift; support can be directed to any unit or program on campus, and does not need to be determined until the time the gift is made. Making the Pledge is an easy, rewarding way to join a cohort of successful IDC innovators who’ve publicly signaled their support of their alma mater from the earliest days of their business ventures.
How does it work?
Simply complete the pledge form on this site. When the timing is right for you — typically, after your company’s IPO, acquisition or steady revenue growth — our team can help arrange your gift to the university. Of course, annual gifts are also encouraged; every gift, no matter the size, helps IDC Herzliya tremendously.
Why would I want to do this?
When you make a commitment to IDC Herzliya as part of the Founders Pledge program, you join an exceptional community of alumni entrepreneurs and leaders who have a passion for IDC’s work, ideals, and mission. You have the satisfaction of making philanthropic goals an integral part of your business success, and you have access to the Founders Pledge network, a startup-savvy team of campus staff who can connect you to a broad spectrum of IDC’s resources.
Is there a minimum dollar amount for my contribution?
No, every gift to IDC Herzliya is deeply appreciated and enhances our ability to offer a world-class education and conduct globally impactful research and scholarship. But while annual giving is encouraged among all alumni, fulfillment of your Founders Pledge commitment is intended to be a “stretch” gift, marking a notable milestone in your entrepreneurial journey. Your gift should be personally significant, guided by your unique situation and your goals for the impact you want to have at IDC Herzliya.
Can I designate my pledge to any school, college, unit, or program on campus?
Yes, you may direct your gift to any area of campus. Our team can work with you to identify areas or topics that mean the most to you and help you explore your philanthropic goals over time.
What are the tax ramifications?
There are no tax ramifications associated with making the Pledge; tax considerations come into play when you make your gift, just as with any charitable contribution. All gifts to IDC Herzliya via American Friends of IDC are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.
Who has made the IDC Alumni Founders Pledge?
Founders Pledge members are entrepreneurs and innovators who have started a company, or other early-stage employees or C-suite executives who hold equity in one. The Founders Pledge group is a special cohort of current and/or future donors — including several founders of “unicorn” startups — who appreciate the opportunity to be mindful and forward-thinking in their philanthropy toward IDC Herzliya.
How do I get more information?
Don’t hesitate to email us at Leslie@afidc.org We are happy to answer any additional questions you might have about the IDC Founders’ Pledge and/or how it might work with your unique, personal situation.