Giving to Yale

Reunion Gift Volunteers FAQs

Answers to Common Questions

What counts in the reunion gift?

The reunion gift recognizes nearly all new gifts and pledges made since your last reunion, covering the period between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2017. This includes annual contributions to the Alumni Fund, capital gifts and planned gifts. For the Classes of 1996 and prior, Quarter Century Fund gifts and investment returns will be added in aggregate to the totals for the 25th Reunion.

What is the difference between an annual gift to Yale and a capital gift?

Annual gifts are immediately expendable contributions made to the Alumni Fund for broadly unrestricted purposes. All other gifts are considered capital gifts. Capital gifts may be restricted and designated to a specific purpose. These gifts match donors’ interests with the University’s needs in exciting ways. Examples of critically needed capital gifts include: endowed scholarships; faculty support funds and endowed professorships; graduate and professional school fellowships; and commitments for selected facilities including the two new residential colleges. Gifts of a certain size also afford donors special recognition opportunities. Both annual and capital gifts count toward your reunion gift total.

Should I still make my annual gift to the Alumni Fund during a reunion year?

Yes! Flexible funds provide essential resources for Yale’s operating budget and critical needs, such as financial aid, especially in the current economic climate. Although many alumni make annual gifts each year, a special larger-than-usual annual contribution is an excellent way to celebrate your reunion. Alumni Fund gifts at leadership levels can qualify you for recognition in the Nathan Hale Associates program, designed to encourage and acknowledge generous annual giving. Annual gifts of $10,000 or more afford you the opportunity to name a one-year undergraduate scholarship for a current student.

Do I have to pay my reunion gift all at once?

No. Annual and capital gifts can be paid over as many as five years. The entire amount will count in your class’s reunion gift total. Payments on pledges made prior to July 1, 2010 do not receive credit for this reunion, as they were included in your previous reunion gift.

Do class dues count? What about gifts to my secret society?

No. Class dues are tax deductible but are considered gifts to the class and not to Yale. Gifts to secret societies and other groups considered independent of the university are not eligible for reunion credit. For more information, contact the Office of Development.

I also attended one of Yale's other schools. Do gifts to graduate or professional schools count?

Yes! Gifts to Yale’s other schools count toward the reunion gift total. Gifts to other areas of Yale, such as the Art Gallery and the Parents Fund, also count.

I have Yale in my will. Can I get credit for that?

Yes! You can document a non-contingent bequest intention and receive discounted reunion credit based upon the age of the youngest individual upon whose death Yale will receive the bequest. This age is typically a minimum of 65 years. In addition, you can make a bequest by naming Yale as a beneficiary of your IRA, 401(k) or other qualified retirement plan, which can potentially save significant income and estate taxes.

I am retired and need all of my income. Are there ways to make gifts other than simply writing a check?

Planned giving may be a great option for you. In addition to bequests, planned gifts include charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts and pooled income funds. Gifts such as real estate, art and collectibles are also options. Gifts may be credited at full or discounted value. You will also be eligible to become a member of Yale Legacy Partners, a planned giving recognition society. To learn more, please visit

I’m not able to give a lot. Does my gift matter?

Yes! Every dollar is important, and every donor counts. And, you may be able to increase your support to Yale by taking advantage of your employer’s matching gift program. Participation in giving is a benchmark of alumni satisfaction and helps Yale attract corporate
and foundation grants, as well as recognition by national publications.

What communications can I expect to receive this year?

You will be hearing from the AYA and your class with event-related information; you may hear from Reunion Gift Committee members and staff about your reunion gift to Yale; and you may hear from Class Agents and Bulldog Callers about Alumni Fund contributions.