Giving to Yale

A "Blitz" of Support for Yale

On April 17, volunteers gathered for a live event in New York hosted by Thomas Leatherbury ’76, ’79 J.D. at the Law Firm of Vinson & Elkins. Participants shared food and conversation while making calls and sending emails to encourage giving.

This April, hundreds of Yale Alumni Fund volunteers participated in the Fund's eight-day Bulldog Blitz campaign, reaching out to their classmates to encourage annual gifts to Yale. The result was extraordinary—a record-breaking 2,118 gifts and pledge payments to the Alumni Fund totaling over $1 million were made between April 14 and 22, nearly double last year’s total of 1,160 contributions.

All annual gifts made to the Alumni Fund support the University's essential core needs—everything from scholarships and faculty support to facilities and collections. 

The Blitz marks a time when all Yale College classes, regardless of graduation year, reconnect with their classmates and form new relationships. Personal outreach by alumni is a key part of the Alumni Fund’s mission and an essential factor in the Blitz's success each year. Alumni can choose to "blitz" in a variety of ways, including phone calls, emails, in-person meetings, and Facebook appeals to their classmates.

To highlight the importance of participation, an anonymous donor pledged a challenge gift of $100,000 if volunteers secured 1,000 donors—a goal that was handily surpassed.

"This year, our volunteers stepped up their efforts and provided the Bulldog Blitz outreach with a jolt of energy," said Randy Nelson '85, Chairman of the Yale Alumni Fund. "It was inspiring to see, and these gifts will now have an immediate impact on daily life at Yale."