Giving to Yale

Students Recognize Donor Generosity on Elihu Day

(From left) An Le PC ’19, Gabriel Betancur PC ’19, and Stephen Irving PC ’19  say thank you to Yale donors at the fifth annual Elihu Day. Each year, Elihu Day teaches students about the impact of giving back to Yale.

On October 14, 2015, more than 1,300 students from across campus wrote personal thank-you cards to Yale donors on the fifth annual Elihu Day. Sponsored by the Yale Alumni Fund, the event recognizes alumni and parents who help the university meet its most essential needs—from scholarships and faculty support to collections and facilities.

Students enjoyed apple cider and donuts as they signed 1,371 hand-written messages, which will be mailed to Alumni Fund donors. This year, students in Yale College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the schools of Public Health, Nursing, Music, Management, Medicine, and Divinity participated in the lively campus tradition.

“Every day I think about how the things I’m able to do at Yale are enabled by people who have given to the university,” said Claire Goldsmith ES ’18. “The opportunities I have would not be possible without them.”

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

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