Reunion Giving

An FAQ provided by the Yale Office of Development

Reunions are a time to reminisce with friends, to reflect upon the years since graduation, and to reconnect with our alma mater. Fundraising is an important part of the reunion tradition, when alumni stretch to make gifts above and beyond their ongoing annual giving. 

Below are some answers to frequently asked questions regarding reunion giving that we hope will be helpful to you as you consider your own reunion commitment.

What is a reunion gift?
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 to make a multi-year annual pledge.  Others make a significant capital gift or pledge that matches their interests with Yale’s needs 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, 2005 and June 30, 2010. 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 gifts made to the Alumni Fund.  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 and may afford donors special recognition opportunities. Some examples of critically needed capital gifts include:  endowed scholarships; faculty support funds and endowed professorships; graduate and professional school fellowships; and commitments for selected facilities including the two new residential colleges and the School of Management campus.  Gifts of a certain size also afford donors special recognition opportunities.  Both annual and capital gifts count toward the reunion gift total.

What is the Yale Tomorrow campaign? Will my reunion gift receive campaign credit?
Yale Tomorrow is a five-year, $3.5 billion capital campaign that is organized around four central themes: the College, the Sciences, the Arts, and the World. Areas of particular need are financial aid (scholarships and fellowships), faculty support and endowed professorships, and unrestricted annual giving to the Alumni Fund. All gifts that count toward the reunion also count toward the Yale Tomorrow campaign that ends June 30, 2011.

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, 2006 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 Development Office.

Do I still make my annual gift to the Alumni Fund during a reunion year?
Yes! Unrestricted gifts provide essential resources for Yale’s operating budget. Although 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, including the $10,000 Nathan Hale Associates Scholarship opportunity, can qualify you for Nathan Hale Associates recognition.

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 Library, the Art Gallery, and the Parents Fund 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 and campaign credit based upon the age of the youngest individual upon whose death Yale will receive the bequest. The age, a minimum of 65 years, will be determined as of December 31, 2011.

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 remainder trusts and gift annuities. Gifts such as real estate, art, and collectibles are also options. Gifts may be credited at full or prorated value. You will also be eligible to become a member of Yale Legacy Partners, a planned giving recognition society. Learn more at

I’m not able to give a lot of money. Does my small gift really matter?
Yes! Every dollar and every donor count. 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/foundation grants and recognition by national publications.

What kind of mail or e-mail can I expect to receive this year?
Everyone wants to keep you informed during this exciting year. You’ll be hearing from AYA and your Class with event-related information; you may hear from Reunion Gift Committee members and staff about your Class’ reunion gift to Yale; and you may hear from Class Agents and Bulldog Callers about Alumni Fund contributions.

How do I make my gift?
There are many ways to make your gift: 

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

Yale University
c/o: 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, MasterCard, or American Express; from outside of the US, please dial 203-432-5436.  Or you can make your gift online at
  • Securities: To transfer stock, have your bank or broker contact Yale’s Office of Development, Contribution Processing, by e-mail at or by phone at 203-432-4107. 
  • 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 Development Office and speak with the Reunion Giving Officer working with your Class by phone at 800-395-7646 (for callers outside the US, please call 203-432-5436) or by e-mail at Staff contacts can also be found on Yale’s website at

You can find information about the Yale Tomorrow campaign at, and additional information on gift opportunities at

Thank you to those of you who have already made your reunion commitment. Your Class and Yale truly appreciate your generosity. We hope that those of you who have not yet made their reunion commitment will consider making a contribution.