The Yale College classes of 1877 and 1892 made the first reunion gifts to the university. Not to be outdone, other classes soon took up the challenge. Today, the tradition of reunion giving inspires some alumni to make significant capital commitments beyond regular Alumni Fund gifts, strengthens alumni participation in giving, and encourages ongoing annual giving. Reunion campaigns account for a significant portion of cash received by the university each year, providing essential endowment and current use support.
What does the reunion gift recognize?
Reunions are a time to recognize not just new gifts made during the reunion campaign, but nearly all contributions from classmates over a five-year period.
The combined reunion total includes all new gifts and gift intentions (pledges) made to most areas of the university since the last reunion: current use Alumni Fund contributions; capital gifts for special purposes; Quarter Century Fund (Class of 1996 and earlier) and Half Century Fund gifts and investment returns for applicable classes; and gifts from widows/widowers and friends of classmates.
Types of contributions to Yale may include the following. All but class dues are recognized in reunion gift totals.
Alumni Fund gifts
Yale asks all alumni to make an unrestricted annual gift to the Alumni Fund every year. Such giving to Yale through the Alumni Fund’s annual appeal provides immediately expendable, core support for the university’s basic operations. Strong participation in giving enhances Yale’s stature, serving as an important measure of alumni attitudes toward the university.
Nathan Hale Scholarships
Alumni Fund donors who give $10,000 or more are given the opportunity to name a one-year undergraduate scholarship or graduate fellowship and these gifts count toward the reunion gift total (learn more below).
Class dues fund class activities and communications and pay for the class subscription to the Yale Alumni Magazine. They are considered as gifts to the class and not the university, and are therefore not included in the reunion gift total.
Quarter-Century Fund/Half-Century Fund
Gifts to the Quarter-Century Funds (Class of 1996 and earlier) and Half-Century Funds (for the applicable classes) are contributions made in anticipation of the Yale College 25th and 50th class reunions. Contributions are invested as part of the Yale endowment. All contributions and interest income are credited to these major reunions’ gift totals.
Organizations with which you were involved as a student often solicit alumni for contributions. Examples include the Football Association and the Glee Club. These gifts help organizations fund their activities. However, contributions to secret societies and groups considered independent of the university are not eligible for gift recognition.
Graduates with more than one Yale degree or affiliation
Those who hold degrees from the Graduate School and/or the professional schools in addition to their Yale College degrees may receive solicitations for annual and special campaigns or reunion gifts from each of the constituencies with which they were affiliated.
NOTE: Planned gifts provide an opportunity for donors to structure long-term deferred gifts in ways that are beneficial both to the donor and to Yale. For more information, see Planned Giving & Bequests. For information on gift purposes, please see our priorities section.
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. Learn more about the Nathan Hale Associates.