Giving to Yale

Annual Giving Volunteers

Founded in 1890 as an alumni organization independent of Yale, the Alumni Fund is one of the oldest and most successful annual giving programs in the country. The Yale Alumni Fund provides Yale graduates and Yale College parents a way to annually contribute unrestricted funds for Yale’s current use.

Contributions to the Alumni Fund are an important resource for Yale’s operating budget and support the university’s daily operations.

Yale University’s Office of Development has managed the Alumni Fund since 1992 and relies on over 2,300 class chairs and class agents who volunteer each year for Yale College, the Graduate School, and the professional schools.

Volunteer for YAF: A message from YAF Chair Randolph M. Nelson

As chairman of the Yale Alumni Fund, I am pleased to invite you to make a difference in the lives of current Yale students by becoming a volunteer for the Yale Alumni Fund.

Alumni and parents have been advocating annual giving to Yale for more than a century. Our strength is in our collaboration. We are committed to providing the flexible dollars Yale depends on from its extended family, which year after year honors the tradition of giving back.

As an agent of the Yale Alumni Fund you will solicit a group of classmates on behalf of the university with the support and guidance of the Yale Development Office and your peers. In addition to fundraising, this peer to peer outreach keeps alumni connected not only to the university but to each other. Volunteers also are invited to events such as regional luncheons and Volunteer Convocation.

I’ve been volunteering for Yale for many years, and remain inspired and energized by the opportunity to connect with classmates in support of our university. I hope you will join me as a YAF volunteer and be a part of this Yale tradition.

Randolph M. Nelson ’85, P’13, P’16
Chairman, Yale Alumni Fund 2012–2014


Become an Agent

To learn more, call 800.395.7646 or e-mail Please be sure to include your school/class year in your e-mail.


The Phone Program, AKA The Bulldog Callers

The Bulldog Callers are current Yale students who play a key role in the Alumni Fund’s efforts to build support from alumni/ae who might not otherwise have personal contact with the university or hear from a volunteer. The Bulldog Callers complement the efforts of chairs and agents by calling alumni to solicit gifts, and keep alumni and parents connected to the university. Through their work as Bulldog Callers the students also learn about the importance of philanthropy in maintaining the quality of a Yale education.

In the 2013-2014 fiscal year, Bulldog Callers made over 143,000 calls resulting in over 11,000 solicitations and over $863,000 raised. More than forty-five students were Bulldog Callers last year, and many have returned to continue their work this year as well.

If you are a student interested in working for the Phone Program, please contact the office at or call 203.764.9253.