Giving to Yale

The Nathan Hale Associates

Annual giving to Yale provides critically important support for the university’s basic operations. The Nathan Hale Associates program, founded in 1994, recognizes and thanks the many generous donors whose leadership annual gifts make possible the dynamic, diverse, and creative environment that defines the Yale experience. Their leadership serves to inspire the efforts of all at Yale to provide the very best opportunities in higher education.

All alumni, parents, students, and friends are invited to join the Nathan Hale Associates in the following giving categories:

Nathan Hale Leaders Circle 
  • Fourth Century Associates$50,000 and above
  • Woodbridge Associates$25,000 – $49,999
Hillhouse Associates$15,000 – $24,999
Sterling Associates$10,000 – $14,999
Harkness Associates$5,000 – $9,999
Elihu Yale Associates$2,500 – $4,999
Woolsey Associates$1,000 – $2,499*
*Yale College classes up to five years following graduation qualify at $250; Yale College classes six to ten years following graduation qualify at $500.

Nathan Hale Associates Scholarships and Fellowships

Annual gifts of $10,000 or more offer donors the opportunity to name a one-year scholarship (or fellowship for the Graduate School). With that, donors can choose to form a relationship with the student, among other benefits of supporting scholarships through the Yale Alumni Fund.

Who was Nathan Hale?

A member of Yale College's Class of 1773, Nathan Hale served as a Revolutionary War soldier in Cambridge, New York, and New London and eventually volunteered to be a spy under General George Washington's direction.

Disguised as a schoolmaster, he found his way into the British camps in Brooklyn and New York. He was recognized while attempting to return and arrested. His papers were found in his shoes, among them his Yale diploma. Before being executed on September 22, 1776, his last words were, “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”