Giving to Yale

Elihu Day 2016

On September 27, 2016, students from across the university participated in the sixth annual Elihu Day. The lively campus tradition recognizes the generosity of donors and the impact their giving has on the university.

Grateful students penned thank-you notes at stations around campus, including Cross Campus, the Divinity School, the School of Medicine, School of Music, School of Nursing, School of Public Health, and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Katherine Raphael MC ’18 and Sarah Healy CC ’18 hold signs that depict the day’s slogan—Do you Elihu? London businessman and philanthropist Elihu Yale contributed gifts in 1718 that renamed Connecticuts Collegiate School. For the next century, his gifts stood as the largest private contribution to the university.

Yale Alumni Fund chair Tom Leatherbury ’76, ’77 J.D. (center) and Shana Katz Ross ’00, ’06 MBA (second from right) pose for a photo with students on Cross Campus.

Nolan Crawford CC ’19 (far left) expressed gratitude for his time on campus: “Yale is a place where I learned to interact purposefully with the world, which is in large part thanks to the generosity of donors.”

Also pictured, from left: Jessica Trinh BR ’20; Alexander Vidal BR ’19; Jonathan Esty DC ’17; Savannah DiGiovanni CC ’20; and Daniel Robinson DC ’20.

In the McDougal Center, Chuyue Kuang, a master’s candidate in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, thanks donors for their support. Gifts funding fellowships, travel fellowships, and programs directly impact the quality of the graduate experience.

(From left) Hayoung Kim, Ph.D. candidate Donghoon Lee, and their twenty-month-old son Eli Lee—named in honor of Elihu Yale!—thank Yale donors for their vital support.

On Yale’s West Campus, students at the School of Nursing also participated in Elihu Day.

At Leigh Hall, music student Lee Starovich poses with his upright bass after composing his thank-you card. Gifts made to the Annual Fund at the Yale School of Music provide vital support for the educational and artistic endeavors of the school.

“You have helped make my lifelong ambition of becoming a Yale student a reality. Now, I am engaged with countless groups and communities, made possible by your extreme generosity. Thank you!”—Susannah Beyl JE ’20

In all, 931 personal thank-you cards were written by Yale students.

Yale College Dean Jonathan Holloway ’95 Ph.D. joined students on Cross Campus and discussed the importance of giving back to the university. Thank you to everyone who helped make the sixth annual Elihu Day a tremendous success!