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2011–12 Annual Summary
Thank you to every alum, parent, student, and friend who made a gift to The Stanford Fund in 2011–12. The collective generosity of more than 33,000 donors added up to over $22 million!
Did you know that...
- It would take roughly $400 million in endowment to generate the same level of funding for undergraduate programs in a single year.
- More than 75 percent of those donors gave less than $500 each. The power of collective giving is strong!
- 36 percent of undergraduate alumni made a gift to Stanford in 2011–12.
How Were Stanford Fund Dollars Allocated?
Each year, the president allocates The Stanford Fund to top priorities in undergraduate education. The fund's flexibility enables the president to respond to changing needs and new opportunities. In 2011–12 gifts were used as noted in the pie chart.
Undergraduate Financial Aid
Thanks to our generous donors, more than 3,400 students—roughly half of the undergraduate population—received need-based scholarships from Stanford last year. More than a third of them received financial aid directly from The Stanford Fund. In the words of one scholarship recipient from the Class of 2012:
"I am so grateful that you have allowed me to have such an incredible experience. I have had so many amazing opportunities at Stanford that I know I would not have had at any other institution. I am humbled by your generosity and can honestly not thank you enough."
The Academic Experience
The Class of 2016 is off to a good start on their academic journey, thanks in part to support from The Stanford Fund. Your gifts helped increase funding for academic directors—full-time, professional advisors available to freshmen and sophomores in their residence halls.
Within that freshman class, Stanford welcomed a group of 35 students as the first participants in the new Leland Scholars Program, an intensive workshop for incoming freshmen intending to pursue an academic path in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) or pre-health fields. Gifts to The Stanford Fund provided seed funding for this pilot initiative of the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.
Once again, The Stanford Fund supported more than 100 student groups, club sports teams, and public service organizations last year. A vital part of Stanford's community, these organizations provide opportunities in leadership, team building, and other skills used long after graduation.