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 Chairman Tom Leatherbury

It’s such an honor to serve as a champion for annual giving to Yale, and I encourage others to join me in this rewarding experience with the Yale Alumni Fund.

Alumni and parents have been dedicating their time as volunteers for the Fund for more than a century. Our strength is in our collaboration and in fact, there are more than 2,000 volunteers raising annual gifts for the College, the Parents Fund, the Graduate School, and each of the Professional Schools. Every volunteer on the team of Chairs and Agents that work on behalf of their schools and classes is committed to providing the flexible dollars Yale depends upon for budget relief. In the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015 we raised over $38 million for immediate use.

As an Agent of the Yale Alumni Fund you would solicit a group of classmates or schoolmates 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 through personal conversations, social media, and campus events.

I’ve been glad for this opportunity to volunteer for Yale and my school, and I am inspired by the work we do to have an impact on our university today. I hope you will join me as a champion for Yale and annual giving.

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Thomas S. Leatherbury ’76, ’79 J.D.
Yale Alumni Fund Chairman 2016–2018

Yale Alumni Fund Board of Directors

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.

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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 2014-2015 fiscal year, Bulldog Callers made over 1343,000 calls resulting in over 10,400 solicitations and over $730,000 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.