Giving to Yale

University Celebrates Yale Tomorrow Campaign

On September 16–17, 2011, Yale University hosted its most generous donors at a gala celebration of the Yale Tomorrow campaign. Some 500 alumni, parents, and friends attended the event, which focused on the impact of the Campaign on Yale’s students, faculty, and programs. Yale Tomorrow concluded on June 30, 2011, after raising a total of $3.886 billion for the University.

Yale’s largest fundraising effort to date, Yale Tomorrow spanned seven years, including a two-year “quiet” phase and a five-year, public Campaign to raise funds for “a permanently greater Yale.” The celebration was organized thematically around the Campaign’s priority areas; the College, the Arts, the Sciences, and the World.

Yale Tomorrow concluded on June 30, 2011, after raising a total of $3.886 billion for the University.

Highlights of the event included presentations by students and faculty who described the impact of the Campaign on their learning and research as well as tours of renovation projects in Morse College, Ezra Stiles College, and Yale University Art Gallery. David McCullough ’55, the famed historian and author, delivered the keynote address, “Yale and the American Adventure,” during a luncheon on Old Campus. And on Saturday evening, guests assembled for a multimedia presentation, “Celebrating Tomorrow,” in Sprague Hall.  

The celebration concluded with a dinner in University Commons. Edward P. Bass ’67, a Campaign co-chair and senior fellow of the Yale Corporation, thanked guests for their generosity to Yale, and President Levin recounted some of the Campaign’s important accomplishments.

During the course of the Campaign, donors helped to fund a dramatic expansion of undergraduate travel abroad, new ties to institutions in China and India, and interdisciplinary research initiatives that span basic science and translational medicine. Donors added $225 million to the financial aid endowment and created 68 endowed faculty positions. Giving also supported the renovation of 18 existing buildings—among them the iconic Yale Bowl—and the construction of 18 more, including the Bass Library, Smilow Cancer Hospital, and Evans Hall, a new facility for the Yale School of Management.