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About The Stanford Fund for Undergraduate Education

The Stanford Fund encourages alumni, students, parents, and friends to renew their Stanford ties by making annual gifts. Their collective support enables the president to respond to immediate needs, unexpected opportunities, and fresh ideas. Annual gifts are put to use as they come in, making them an essential complement to the endowment, which is invested for the long term.

What The Stanford Fund Supports

  • Undergraduate Financial Aid

    Each year, need-based financial aid helps fill the gap between endowed scholarship funding and total student need.

  • Academic Innovation

    Direct investments in the School of Humanities and Sciences, School of Engineering, and School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, as well as seed funding for university-wide initiatives by the vice provost for undergraduate education.

  • Student Life

    Support for more than 100 student groups last year, from club sports and performing arts groups to public service organizations.

Every Gift Counts

Every gift to The Stanford Fund—no matter the size—makes a difference to students.

Gifts from more than 27,000 Stanford Fund donors added up to over $27 million last year (fiscal year 2018). It would take nearly half a billion dollars in endowment to generate the same level of funding for undergraduate programs in a single year.

Participation Matters

Giving through The Stanford Fund is a message to students and faculty that they can count on alumni.

In addition, when considering their own gifts, foundations, corporations, and other major donors scrutinize the percentage of alumni who participate in annual funds. This participation rate is also a factor in college ranking systems. High marks for Stanford help the university attract the most talented students and faculty in the world.