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Turn your service hours into dollars to donate

You’re a senior or recent grad who cares about supporting Stanford students and causes in your communities. But it can be difficult to do it all with limited time and resources. Thanks to the generosity of alumni challengers, you can do both at once through Dollars for Doers!

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How it works

For every hour you volunteer (up to 10 hours) between September 1, 2022 and August 31, 2023, you’ll unlock $25 to donate to an area of undergraduate life you care about through The Stanford Fund.

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Step 1

You’re a senior or recent graduate

Age is just a number. But for this challenge, you can only participate if you’re a current senior or you graduated between 2019 and 2022.

For seniors, this challenge counts toward your Class of 2023 senior gift!

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Step 2

You volunteer somewhere for up to 10 hours

Volunteer at a nonprofit organization of your choice, or find an opportunity through Beyond the Farm. Volunteer service must be completed at time of submission; no future volunteer service will be accepted.

Read more about the rules in the FAQs below.

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Step 3

You submit your hours to unlock your gift

Once you complete your service, fill out this brief form to submit your hours to The Stanford Fund team. It’ll only take a minute, and you’ll have the opportunity to choose where you’d like to direct your gift!

Ready to join the challenge? Submit your volunteer hours here:

Frequently asked questions

  • You can volunteer at any non-profit organization of your choosing (Stanford affiliated or not), as long as your service qualifies under the challenge guidelines (see next question).

    Not sure where to start? Consider some of these options:

  • Eligible U.S. charitable organizations must be either:

    • Tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and not classified as: private foundations, family foundations, political organizations, or fraternal organizations.

    • Accredited public PreK-12 schools or school districts in the United States to which contributions are tax-deductible under the Internal Revenue Code.

    Eligible non-U.S. charitable organizations must be either: 

    • Recognized by and registered with the United Kingdom Charity Commission as a charitable organization (United Kingdom Charity Commission website). 

    • Recognized by Charities Aid Foundation-America as a charitable organization. An alumnus can search on the website to determine if their organization is included in that listing. CAFAmerica website

    The following organizations or categories of service are NOT eligible for a gift match through this challenge:

    • Any religious organization (churches, synagogues, mosques, and other houses of worship), or other organizations primarily promoting religious purposes. However, we will consider credit for volunteering with such organization’s programs that are non-sectarian, are open to all individuals regardless of religious beliefs, and benefit a broad base of community (i.e. helping at homeless shelters, soup kitchens, or providing other social services). You may be asked to provide additional proof of the community project in order to receive match credit.

    • Any hours of service that result in advertisements or other promotions of an individual’s business activities.

    • Any hours of service that provide benefits directly to any individual, alum, or their families.

    • Any organization that discriminates based on race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, veteran status, disability status, or espouses hate.

  • We’re currently accepting hours for service completed between September 1, 2022 and August 31, 2023.

  • Fill out the form. That’s it! We’ll be in touch to confirm that your service and gift have been counted.

  • Any current senior or undergraduate alum from the classes of 2019 through 2023 can take advantage of this challenge. 

  • We understand that senior year and the first few years after graduation are often a time of transition. You might be looking for jobs, moving, or attending grad school, and that can make giving back challenging. Our Dollars for Doers alumni sponsors wanted to offer you  a simple way to  give back and stay connected to Stanford and your communities.

  • Yes! Any completed Beyond the Farm project hours will count towards the challenge. Just fill out our form!

    If you’re looking to lead or attend a Beyond the Farm project this year, please visit their website.

  • First off, nice work and thank you for giving back! You can continue to help by sharing this page with your classmates and urging them to participate alongside you.

    We also encourage you to stay in touch with The Stanford Fund and Stanford any way you can: attend events, volunteer your time, and write to let us know what you'd like/not like from us in the future.

Have additional questions or interested in earning volunteer hours through The Stanford Fund?

Reach out to us at

(We promise a human will answer you shortly!)

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What your gift can support

You can choose to designate your gift to any of these areas supported through The Stanford Fund

Financial aid

Support a more equitable future in Stanford education by giving toward need-based financial aid. Nearly half of all undergrads receive financial aid each year.

Community centers

Promote justice, belonging, and equity on campus with a gift toward the Centers for Equity, Community, and Leadership.

Opportunity Fund

Help provide flexible grants for undergraduate students to cover unexpected expenses like emergency travel or registration fees for a conference.

Student life

Support the student groups and campus-wide events that make the Stanford experience fulfilling, unique, and fun.


Support all three undergraduate schools to expand class offerings and provide additional academic support for students.

Mental health

Help increase appointment capacity at CAPS, expand virtual and telephone visits, and improve community outreach.

All of the above!

Support all these important initiatives with one gift through The Stanford Fund.

About the challengers

Paul Yoo

Paul Yoo, ’06

“I joined this challenge because our time, treasures, and relationships find their noblest form in building and serving our community.  Through service, we learn that a person's momentary grace can make life infinitely beautiful.”

Logan McClure Davda

Logan McClure Davda, ’08

“Stanford is an incredible community of passionate humans. I’m excited to participate in this challenge in order to give all seniors and recent grads the opportunity to support the issues they care most about on campus.”

Heidi Boyd

Heidi Boyd, ’07

“All Stanford alumni have a responsibility to give back to their local and global communities.  I'm excited to take part in a program that can help recent grads deepen their linkages to the university while also forging linkages with in-need organizations and populations.”

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