There are many ways to support Yale, and you should consider all of them as you begin your role as an active member of the university community. This guide is provided to help you understand the ways different types of gifts and dues help Yale.
Yale Alumni Fund
All alumni are asked to make an unrestricted gift to the Alumni Fund every year. This provides the university with immediately expendable core support for basic operations and new programs. To receive credit in the Alumni Fund, your gift must be designated to one of six categories. These include unrestricted purposes, facilities, faculty support and curriculum development, financial aid, library resources, and undergraduate life.
Reunion giving is typically a yearlong fundraising campaign that takes place in the months leading up to your 5th or 10th reunion. The tradition of reunion giving inspires some alumni to make significant capital commitments beyond regular Alumni Fund gifts, strengthens alumni participation in giving, and encourages ongoing annual giving. Reunion campaigns account for a significant portion of gifts received by the university each year, providing essential endowment and current-use support. The reunion gift recognizes new gifts made during the reunion campaign, in addition to nearly all contributions made to the university since graduation or one’s last reunion.
Yale College Class Dues
On behalf of all active classes, the Association of Yale Alumni (AYA) encourages alumni to support their class through dues contributions. Dues pay for the Yale Alumni Magazine and help support class activities and communications. Class dues are tax deductible but do not receive Alumni Fund or reunion gift credit.
University-recognized student organizations, such as cultural houses, music groups, and drama groups with which you were affiliated as a student often solicit gifts to help fund their activities. These gifts do not receive Alumni Fund credit but are included in the reunion gift.
Other Special Interest Groups
Other groups you were affiliated with while at Yale, such as secret societies and groups considered independent of the university, might send solicitation appeals. These gifts do not receive Alumni Fund or reunion gift credit.
Athletic Team Associations
Associations supplement the department budget and help cover costs in the areas of recruiting, out-of-region travel, prospect visits, equipment, communications, and other annual team expenses. These contributions provide our coaches with the resources necessary to attract the best and the brightest to come to Yale. All association contributions are considered gifts to Yale. All expenditures of associations are governed by departmental policy for compliance with Yale, Ivy League, and NCAA requirements. Association gifts do not receive Alumni Fund credit but do count as capital contributions toward the reunion gift.