Giving to Yale

Students Reach Out to Donors on Elihu Day

 Students pose with Boola at a card-signing station on Cross Campus.

On November 1, 2012, students from across Yale’s campus voiced their gratitude to donors as part of the second annual Elihu Day. Over 1,000 personal thank-you cards were signed by Yale College students and students from the graduate and professional schools. The cards will be mailed to a cross-section of alumni, parents, and friends who have supported the University.

Participants enjoyed refreshments and cider while signing cards at the seven Elihu Day stations, located in Yale College and at the schools of Music, Forestry & Environmental Studies, Divinity, Public Health, Medicine, and Nursing. Turnout was high, with twice as many students signing cards compared to the previous year.

“This is a great opportunity to thank the donors,” said Christine Hong TC ’15, who stopped at Cross Campus to sign a card. “So many things at Yale are possible because of their generosity.”

Students were lined up at various stations to sign cards, and many were enthusiastic about the chance to reach out directly to the donors whose support allowed them to be there. “Financial aid makes it possible for me to attend Yale,” said Jordan Ascher SM ’14. “The donors here are incredibly generous, and I’m completely grateful for that.”

When asked what message she included on her card, TaoTao Holmes BR ’14 said, “Thank you for making Yale the unique place that it is.”

Continuing a legacy of generosity

Sponsored by the Yale Alumni Fund, Elihu Day is named for Yale benefactor Elihu Yale, who donated 417 books, a portrait and coat of arms of King George I, and nine bales of goods in 1718 to support the Connecticut colony’s fledging Collegiate School. The institution was renamed in his honor.