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Families Help Stanford Students Thrive

From move in to graduation—and all the moments in between—you have a hand in your student’s experiences at Stanford. Chances are, The Stanford Fund does, too.

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The Stanford Fund for Undergraduate Education plays a major role in the uniquely diverse Stanford environment. When you give through The Stanford Fund, all students, including your own, benefit from your generosity.

Support for what matters, when it’s needed

In 2019–20, nearly 3,000 parents collectively contributed more than $4 million to The Stanford Fund. Unlike endowed or restricted funds, Stanford Fund gifts are flexible and go to work right away in support of undergrad priorities and academic opportunities. And, when critical needs arise, that flexibility means funds can be quickly directed to where they’re needed most.

How The Stanford Fund supports students

  • Making a Stanford education accessible to all

    From the university’s first days, generous parents, families, alumni, and other benefactors made it possible for all admitted students, regardless of their background, to find their place at Stanford. The university’s need-blind admission practice is sustained by the promise to meet the full demonstrated need of all U.S. undergraduates throughout their four years on campus—through scholarships, not loans.

    Today, the need for scholarship support has never been greater. About half of all Stanford families depend on need-based scholarships through the university. The Stanford Fund bridges the gap between scholarship funding and total student need.

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  • Helping students ignite their passion, find their voice, and expand their world

    More than 120 student-run groups, from the arts and club sports, to social justice and diversity, received support from The Stanford Fund last year. A core part of your student’s Stanford experience, these vibrant, diverse communities help to expand perspectives, create friendships, and foster leadership, team building, and other skills that last a lifetime.

  • Advancing curriculum and expanding learning for all students

    All three schools that grant undergraduate degrees—Humanities and Sciences, Engineering, and Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences—receive support from The Stanford Fund. This support has enabled a range of academic and research programs—from interactive chemistry classes and expanded studio and electronic arts, to opportunities for undergraduates to work alongside prominent faculty on cutting-edge research.

    The Stanford Fund also supports Cardinal Service, which integrates public service into a student’s educational experience through advising and mentoring programs, and other initiatives that help undergrads thrive academically and personally.

Extra help during hard times

Many Stanford families are grappling with unexpected economic hardship as a result of the global pandemic. Gifts through The Stanford Fund are critical to helping students in need, covering expenses such as housing, food, and health care.

We know you would like to do all you can to support your student, and we welcome your partnership.

Stanford Fund Parent and Family Partners

As a parent or guardian of a current undergrad, when you contribute $2,500 or more annually (per family) through The Stanford Fund, you join the ranks of Parent and Family Partners. Because tuition only covers about half of a Stanford education, annual giving provides a reliable source of support for all undergrads. Parent and Family Partner members also receive invitations to special events and recognition in Stanford publications.

Ways to get involved

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Stanford parent volunteers

Join in! Get involved in your local area through the Stanford Alumni Association, by hosting or assisting with Stanford gatherings, or by making a gift. However you choose to help, your participation is welcomed. Contact (650) 736-7554 or

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Parent and Family Partners Committee

The Parent and Family Partners Committee raises funds by spreading the word about giving at the Parent and Family Partners level ($2,500 or more annually, per family). Committee volunteers are invited to special events and receive recognition in Stanford publications. Complete our Volunteer Form.

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The Parent and Family Advisory Board

Leading the way in parent volunteerism, the advisory board assists with fundraising, outreach events, and provides important feedback to the university’s administration. This group of more than 50 families from around the world typically meets three times per year.

Why participate

It’s been thrilling to see our daughter thrive in this amazing community of students and professors. Annual gifts through The Stanford Fund from parents like us help sustain world-class academics, leadership experiences, well-being resources, and need-based scholarships. We give because we want all students to be able to discover the life-changing opportunities available at Stanford.

Ella and Scott Brittingham
Co-Chairs, Parent and Family Advisory Board

“In my short time here, I have learned so much about myself and about the world. Stanford has helped me diversify my perspectives and become a better global citizen. The generosity of Stanford Fund donors inspires me. I hope someday I can give back to society by assisting other financially challenged families and students.”

Joanne Lim, ’22

“At Stanford, I have taken classes that stretched my mind to its limits, talked to guest speakers who are prominent in their fields, and met amazing friends. I am immensely grateful for the scholarship support that helps students like me achieve our dreams at this amazing university.”

Jupinder Parmar, ’22

“I want you to know that I am going to do my very best to honor your generosity. In the long run, I want to take the opportunities that Stanford offers me and turn my life and my life’s work into something that will benefit the greater good.”

Jack Roche, ’23

Meet our team

Jane Harrison

Director, Stanford Parent and Family Engagement

(650) 725-6881

Jane has worked at Stanford in various roles since 2003 and became the director of the Stanford Parent and Family Engagement program in 2011. Prior to Stanford, Jane was the director of annual giving at the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Jane earned her BA from Queen’s University in Canada.

Ceci Evangelista

Associate Director, Stanford Parent and Family Engagement

(650) 725-4285

Ceci has worked at Stanford for more than 30 years, serving as associate director of the Stanford Parent and Family Engagement program since 2016. Ceci received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Stanford.

Ruth Vera-Cedro

Project Manager, Stanford Parent and Family Engagement

(650) 736-7554

Ruth joined Stanford in 2012 and has been project manager for the Parent and Family Engagement program since 2017. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Santa Clara University.

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Supporting students, fueling groundbreaking research, advancing solutions to societal challenges—your gifts to Stanford drive positive change in the world.