Giving to Yale

Seniors Close Successful Class Gift Campaign

Senior Class Gift co-chairs Omar Njie SM '13, Katie Donley ES '13, Olivia Leitner PC '13, and Emily Foxhall SM '13

On February 20, the Yale College Class of 2013 completed an energetic Senior Class Gift campaign that raised $39,069 for the University and saw a 96.1% participation rate. Led by co-chairs Katie Donley ES ’13, Emily Foxhall SM ’13, Olivia Leitner PC ’13, and Omar Njie SM ’13, the campaign focused on gratitude for the support Yale undergraduates receive during their time on campus and a desire to give back to future generations of students.

After a kick-off celebration at Mory’s, events were held around campus throughout the three-week campaign, and students could track each college’s progress on the Senior Class Gift website. A record 170 volunteers—the most ever during a Senior Class Gift campaign—helped to secure gifts from their classmates.

Inspired by the students’ efforts, many alumni and parents stepped forward with generous individual gifts and challenges. Ten of the residential colleges—Berkeley, Branford, Calhoun, Davenport, Stiles, Jonathan Edwards, Morse, Pierson, Timothy Dwight, and Trumbull—met alumni donors’ challenges to reach 95% participation and received a Nathan Hale Associates scholarship for an incoming freshman, named for the college and the Class of 2013. Because Trumbull College raised the highest amount for the campaign ($3,883) and had the highest average gift ($42), it secured two additional scholarships. An anonymous donor contributed $100,000 to the campaign when the Class as a whole reached 95% participation, and students successfully met a challenge to boost participation mid-campaign from Kevin Ryan ’85, founder and CEO of Gilt Groupe. All told, these donors increased the final Senior Class Gift to $248,240.

A long tradition of giving

Gifts from seniors have a long history at Yale, existing in some form since the University was founded. Starting in 1997, each graduating class has participated in a three-week giving campaign during their final semester. The Class of 2013 will formally present their gift to Yale during Class Day festivities on May 19.