With in-person Yale College reunions canceled as planned for spring 2020, the Yale Alumni Association (YAA) and the Reunion Giving team have been thoughtfully weighing alternative approaches to reunions and the reunion gift. The reunion gift campaigns for the ’0s and ’5s will end on June 30, 2020. In the event that the YAA can organize a future campus gathering, Reunion Giving will also offer each class the opportunity to engage in a special supplemental fundraising effort; for any class choosing to opt in to such fundraising, the resulting contributions will be added to the class gift total as of June 30, 2020. We stand ready to work with the reunion gift leadership to define and organize supplemental fundraising efforts as soon as more is known about our ability to welcome Yale College alumni back to campus.
Your Yale College reunion is an opportunity to reconnect with classmates and take part in the tradition of giving begun by the Yale College Classes of 1877 and 1892—the first to make class gifts to Yale. Since those first reunion gifts, alumni have continued to make annual and capital gifts in honor of their own reunions, contributing a significant portion of the university’s fundraising support each year.
What counts as a reunion gift?
New gifts and pledges made to most areas of the university since your last reunion count toward your class reunion gift total. Alumni Fund gifts, Nathan Hale Associates scholarships, and capital gifts all count, as do gifts to Yale’s graduate or professional school annual or alumni funds. Gifts from widows or widowers and friends of your class also count toward the reunion total.
For classes 1996 and prior, Quarter Century Fund gifts and their investment returns will add to the class’s 25th reunion gift total.
Class dues and donations to secret societies or other groups considered independent of the university are not included in your class reunion gift total.