Giving to Yale

Students Celebrate Giving on Elihu Day

Marisa Moraza BK '16 and Chris Melendez ES '15 with their signed thank you cards. Each year, Elihu Day teaches students about the impact of giving back to Yale.

On November 6, 2013, more than 1,000 Yale students stopped to write personal thank-you cards to donors on the third annual Elihu Day. The event, held each November, is sponsored by the Yale Alumni Fund to recognize alumni, parents, and friends who help the university meet its most essential needs—from scholarships and faculty support to collections and facilities.

The day and its slogan—Do you Elihu?—harken back to Elihu Yale, a London businessman and philanthropist whose gifts in 1718 renamed Connecticut's Collegiate School. For the next century, his gifts stood as the largest private contribution to the university.

Elihu Day participants honor what has become a tradition of generosity by sending handwritten messages of gratitude to Alumni Fund donors who help to fund their education. Joey Yagoda CC '14This year, students in Yale College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the schools of Management, Divinity, Medicine, Music, Public Health, and Nursing signed cards and enjoyed hot cider at stations around campus. Many students also participated in a video thank-you message for donors.

"Giving helps fund the student organizations, learning environments, and campus experiences that make Yale such an incredible place," said Joey Yagoda CC '14.

For more information on Elihu Day, its namesake, and the impact of giving to the Yale Alumni Fund, please visit

(November 25, 2013)