Reunion Giving

An FAQ provided by the Yale Office of Development

The reunion gift is a stretch commitment above and beyond your ongoing support. To mark a reunion, many alumni make a larger-than-usual Alumni Fund gift, while some choose a multi-year annual pledge. Others make a significant capital gift or pledge in addition to their typical annual contribution to the Alumni Fund.

What counts in the reunion gift?
The reunion gift recognizes nearly all new gifts and pledges made since your last reunion, covering the period between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2018. This includes annual contributions to the Alumni Fund, capital gifts, and planned gifts. For the Classes of 1996 and prior, Quarter Century Fund gifts and investment returns will be added in aggregate to the totals for the 25th Reunion.

What is the difference between an annual gift to Yale and a capital gift?
Annual gifts are immediately expendable contributions made to the Alumni Fund for broadly unrestricted purposes.  All other gifts are considered capital gifts. Capital gifts may be restricted and designated to a specific purpose. These gifts match donors’ interests with the University’s needs in exciting ways. Examples of critically needed capital gifts include: endowed scholarships; graduate and professional school fellowships; faculty support funds; and endowed professorships. Gifts of a certain size also afford donors special recognition opportunities. Both annual and capital gifts count toward your reunion gift total.

Should I still make my annual gift to the Alumni Fund during a reunion year?
Yes! Flexible funds provide essential resources for Yale's operating budget and critical needs, such as financial aid. Although many alumni make annual gifts each year, a special larger-than-usual annual contribution is an excellent way to celebrate your reunion. Alumni Fund gifts at leadership levels qualify you for recognition in the Nathan Hale Associates program, designed to encourage and acknowledge generous annual giving. Annual gifts of $10,000 or more afford you the opportunity to name a one-year undergraduate scholarship for a current student.

Why does Yale still need my gift?
Support for students and faculty is necessary to sustain our world-class teaching and research. Financial aid continues to be a core priority university-wide -- in Yale College and in the graduate and professional schools.

Do I have to pay my reunion gift all at once?
No. Annual and capital gifts can be paid over as many as five years. The entire amount will count in your Class’ reunion gift total. Payments on pledges prior to July 1, 2013 do not receive credit for this reunion, as they were included in your previous reunion gift.

Do Class dues count? What about gifts to my secret society?
No.Class dues are tax deductible but are considered gifts to the Class and not to Yale. Gifts to secret societies and other groups considered independent of the University are not eligible for reunion credit. For more information, contact the Office of Development.

I also attended one of Yale’s other schools. Do gifts to graduate or professional schools count?
Yes! Gifts to Yale’s other schools count toward the reunion gift total. Gifts to other areas of Yale, such as the Art Gallery, athletics associations, and Sterling Memorial Library also count.

I have Yale in my will. Can I get credit for that?
Yes! You can document a non-contingent bequest intention and receive discounted reunion credit based upon the age of the youngest individual upon whose death Yale will receive the bequest. This age is typically a minimum of 65 years. In addition, you can make a bequest by naming Yale as a beneficiary of your IRA, 401(k), or other qualified retirement plan, which can potentially save significant income and estate taxes.

I am retired and need all of my income. Are there ways to make gifts other than simply writing a check?
Planned giving may be a great option for you. In addition to bequests, planned gifts include charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts, and pooled income funds. Gifts such as real estate, art, and collectibles are also options. You may also choose to take advantage of the renewed opportunity to make a tax-free charitable distribution of up to $100,000 from your IRA. Gifts may be credited at full or discounted value. You will also be eligible to become a member of Yale Legacy Partners, a planned giving recognition society. To learn more, please visit

I’m not able to give a lot. Does my gift matter?
Yes! Every dollar is important, and every donor counts. And, you may be able to increase your support to Yale by taking advantage of your employer’s matching gift program. Participation in giving is a benchmark of alumni satisfaction and helps Yale attract corporate and foundation grants, as well as recognition by national publications.

What communications can I expect to receive this year?
You’ll be hearing from the AYA and your Class with event-related information; you may hear from Reunion Gift Committee members and staff about your reunion gift to Yale; and you may hear from Class Agents and Bulldog Callers about Alumni Fund contributions.

How do I make my gift?

  • Check: Gifts may be made via checks payable to Yale University and mailed to:

Yale University
Office of Development
P.O. Box 2038
New Haven, CT 06521-2038

  • Credit Card: Use our toll-free line, 800-395-7646, to arrange a contribution via Visa, Discover, MasterCard, or American Express or make your gift or pledge online at
  • Securities: To transfer stock or mutual fund shares, have your bank or broker contact Yale’s Office of Development, Contribution Processing, by phone at 203-432-4107 or by e-mail at Yale's federal tax identification number is 06-0646973.
  • Matching Gifts: Please obtain a matching gift form from your current or former employer’s human resources department. Complete the form and return it with your contribution. Some organizations also match spouse’s gifts. Visit to find out if your employer participates.

Where can I go for more information on giving?
Please feel free to contact the Office of Development and speak with the Reunion Giving Officer working with your Class by phone at 800-395-7646 or by e-mail at

You can find additional information regarding current gift opportunities at