Giving to Yale

Yale College Alumni Annual Giving

In the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015, giving to Yale College through the Yale Alumni Fund raised more than $21.3 million. The university would need an additional $426 million in unrestricted endowment funds to equal this essential support. Alumni volunteers are integral to these fundraising efforts.

What do these gifts support?

Annual giving to Yale through the Alumni Fund's annual appeal provides current and immediately expendable support for the university’s basic operations. Leadership gifts are recognized by the Nathan Hale Associates program. Gifts to the Alumni Fund count toward the reunion gift.

Why participate in annual giving through the Alumni Fund?

Alumni Fund gifts support Yale’s core needs. From financial aid, to teaching and research, to facilities maintenance, your generosity can touch every aspect of Yale College. In fact, the value of your contribution can be doubled by your employer through matching gift programs.

Sustain excellence

To attract and retain the most promising students, it is imperative to provide the best education possible. Alumni Fund gifts have an impact on the quality of Yale teaching and on improvements to campus facilities.

Supplement the Yale endowment

Annual gifts of any size enhance Yale’s ability to provide for its students. Each dollar of unrestricted, current use funding has the equivalent immediate effect of income generated by $20 of endowment funds.

Subsidize financial aid

Annual gifts to the Alumni Fund help provide financial aid for current students. In fact, the education of all Yale graduates has been partially subsidized by the generosity of prior graduates. Today, this giving makes a tremendous impact in helping to defray the cost of a Yale education, which for each student is almost double the price of tuition. Giving to the Alumni Fund allows alumni the opportunity to continue this tradition. For gifts of $10,000 or more, donors are given the opportunity to name a one-year undergraduate scholarship.

Show your support

Annual giving is an important measure of alumni attitudes toward the university. You can even make your gift in honor or in memory of someone dear to you (please see below).

By participating in the cycle of regular alumni contributions, you are showing your support for Yale and its uncompromising standards. Increased participation statistics also figure prominently in the way Yale is evaluated by corporate and foundation donors. Instilling the tradition of giving to Yale each year is begun during senior year through the Senior Class Gift.

If you and your spouse are both Yale College graduates, you can make your gift together. If you elect to make your annual gifts together, you can still choose how to divide the dollar amount and multiple designations. For further information, please contact Gloria Caprio at 203.432.5859.

In Memory of and In Honor of gifts

Another way to support the Alumni Fund is to make a gift “In Memory of” or “In Honor of” a fellow classmate or family member.

To find out more, please call 203.432.2206 or e-mail

Nathan Hale Associates

Leadership recognition for unrestricted current use annual giving

The Nathan Hale Associates program is the university's way of acknowledging the many alumni, parents, and friends whose most generous gifts have helped nurture the dynamic, creative environment that is integral to the Yale experience. To learn more about the Nathan Hale Associates, click here.