Refund Policy & Security Statement



Whittier College is committed to preserving the privacy of its alumni and donors. Information provided to the College, including e-mail addresses, conventional mail addresses, and telephone numbers will not be used for any commercial or philanthropic purpose not directly connected with, or approved by, Whittier College; nor will copies be made; nor will the original information or a copy be given, lent, or sold to any other individual or organization.


When you are completing an online gift transaction through the Whittier College website, you are utilizing a secure server, which encrypts all of your personal information, including name, address, and credit card number. Encryption ensures that no one can access or use your personal information. With encryption, the information cannot be read as it travels over the Internet. Additionally, credit card numbers are used only for payment processing and are not retained for other purposes. We collect only the information required to process transactions. All credit card information is sent directly to the processor's site and is not available to the College. 

Refund Policy

Whittier College is a recognized 501(c)(3) organization, EIN 95-1644048. All contributions are tax-deductible. No goods or services will be provided in exchange for the contribution.

Charitable Gifts

By making a gift to Whittier College, the donor acknowledges that charitable contributions are non-refundable. Charitable gifts are generally not refundable. However, if you believe there has been a credit card processing error (such as a double charge) or you clearly intended to make a gift to another entity, we will honor your request for a refund made within 120 days of your gift. 

If the purpose for which the gift is made cannot be fulfilled, or if it becomes impossible, impracticable, or illegal to satisfy the original intent of your gift, the party who originally made the gift may designate another use of the donation. If the donor is deceased or cannot be located, the College will direct any unspent funds to an area it deems to be the most consistent with the donor’s original intent. Requests for changes in your gift designation should be made to the Office of Development by email: The Whittier College Gift Acceptance Committee, which receives its authority from the Whittier College Board of Trustees, will have final authority to decide upon the use of the fund(s) in these circumstances.

Refunds are returned to the original donor using the original method of payment. Gifts made through the Venmo application and cash donations will be returned via check. If you made your donation by credit card, your refund will be credited to that same credit card. In the exceptional case that a refund is issued, it is the responsibility of the donor to correct any tax filings to reflect the refunded amount.

Event Registration

Cancellations for registrations for events sponsored by the Office of Development and the Office of Alumni Relations are based on this policy unless otherwise noted on the registration website.

Refunds of registration fees will be given for cancellations received 7 days prior to the event. Special circumstances may be taken into consideration. If the individual cannot attend the event and would like the event cost to become a charitable contribution for tax purposes, the individual must notify the event host or the Office of Alumni Relations that they will not be attending the event and that they wish to donate the event cost as a charitable contribution. To request a refund, call 562.907.4222.