Giving to Yale

5th Annual Yale Harvard Alumni Fund Participation Challenge

Thursday, November 12 through Saturday, November 21, 2015


Challenge CURRENT Standings:

Yale =  0     Harvard =  0

Scroll down to see how your class is doing compared to other Yale and Harvard classes.

The Objective is simple — BEAT HARVARD!

During the Yale vs. Harvard Alumni Fund Participation Challenge, alumni from all classes at Yale and Harvard will go head to head and compete to see which school can secure the most gifts and pledges through The Game. The challenge winner will be determined by the number of donors, not dollar amount. The university that secures the most donors by the conclusion of The Game wins bragging rights for the year. Every gift counts!

During the inagural challenge in 2011, the challenge classes (2007-2011) secured 330 donors vs. Harvard's 299. In 2012, the challenge classes (1998-2012) were barely edged out by Harvard, 1,010 vs. 938. In 2013, the challenge was expanded to include all Yale College classes and Yale secured 3,999 donors vs. Harvard's 3,720. Last year we fell short with 3,870 donors vs. Harvard's 4,064. With the series currently tied at 2-2, help Yale secure a victory by making your Alumni fund gift or pledge between November 12 and 21. 

Let's ensure victory and take the series lead this year and beat Harvard—on and off the field!


Show your bulldog pride and participate today. Make your gift online at or call 800.395.7646. 

For more information, email or contact Caitlin Beardsley (


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Challenge Rules

All outright gifts, pledge payments, and new pledges from Yale and Harvard alumni will count toward the challenge totals.

Gifts must be made between 12am EST on Thursday, November 12 until 11:59pm EST on Saturday, November 21.

The school that secures the highest number of donors within the challenge period will be declared the winner and awarded bragging rights.

One gift per alum will count toward the challenge totals—alumni who give multiple times during the challenge will be counted once.

If you have an outstanding pledge, a pledge payment made during the challenge will count toward the challenge totals.

A multiplier of 1.318 will be automatically applied to Yale’s totals due to differences in the alumni base count.

Classes by Decade