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2020–2021 Reunion Campaigns: More Important Than Ever

This year, your class reunion campaign will help support areas of need that have emerged during the pandemic. At the start of the COVID-19 crisis, the university president directed Stanford Fund dollars to help students facing sudden, unexpected expenses. Giving through The Stanford Fund remains a top priority.

Why reunion campaigns matter more than ever

Reunion campaigns make a difference, and your class has an important role to play. Both the 2020 and 2021 class reunion campaigns go through December 31, 2021. All gifts and pledges count towards your class total and add your name to the online honor roll.

Learn how The Stanford Fund is addressing current challenges

  • Many of Stanford’s revenue sources have decreased—such as housing, events, athletics, and summer programs as well as clinical, research, and philanthropic income streams. At the same time, annual operating expenses have increased. This budget impact has challenged Stanford’s mission of ensuring an affordable education to all qualified students.

    Students and families continue to face economic uncertainty, and the need for financial aid is greater than ever.

  • In recent years, the university has needed to draw a larger share from its general funds—redirecting resources away from other educational and research priorities. Annual gifts through The Stanford Fund bridge the gap between endowed scholarships and other sources of undergraduate financial aid.

    In 2019–20, nearly half of all students received need-based aid, and more than 25 percent qualified for a full-tuition scholarship. The Stanford Fund works to ensure Stanford’s “need-blind” admission policy, guaranteeing that all qualified U.S. undergraduates will be accepted to the university regardless of their ability to pay, and will receive the financial support they need.

    Learn more about how The Stanford Fund supports every undergrad, every year.

  • Yes! Most gifts made to Stanford are under $1,000—but together they add up to millions. And the flexibility of annual, expendable gifts makes them especially valuable.

    For example, thanks in large part to donors, Stanford’s Financial Aid Office recently directed more than $5 million in supplemental assistance to help students cover unexpected expenses, such as emergency travel, housing, food, and resources for remote learning.

    For the 2020–21 academic year, the Financial Aid Office is waiving the summer earning expectations for scholarship recipients. As new needs emerge in the coming months, additional support will be required, and every Stanford Fund dollar makes a difference.

  • Almost 80 percent of funds in the university’s endowment are restricted for certain purposes, and those funds must be used as the donors intended. For example, this means funds given for research cannot be used for financial aid, or be transferred from one academic school to another.

    Every year, the university spends the maximum from the endowment that is sustainable over time. In a normal year, the endowment payout covers 22 percent of Stanford $6 billion operating expense—which means that the university must fund more than three-quarters of its annual operating expenses from other sources.

  • Annual giving helps bridge the gap between endowed gifts and other sources of undergraduate financial aid.

    • Stanford Fund Scholarship: $25,000+ per year or pledge of $125,000+

    • President’s Fund: $10,000+ per year or pledge of $50,000+

    • Leadership Circle: $1,000+ per year or pledge of $5,000–$49,99

    Learn more about leadership giving through your reunion campaign.

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Gifts through the Stanford Fund will help support students most impacted by the pandemic. Your class will make a real difference for today's students!