In tough times, just managing to hold ground is good. Despite what fundraisers concede has been a very tough year, The Stanford Fund for Undergraduate Education managed to set a new record for annual giving in 2001-02. Giving to the fund, which is included in Stanford's $1 billion Campaign for Undergraduate Education (CUE), now accounts for $41 million of the campaign's progress in its first two years.
While six- and seven-figure gifts are critical to the success of the campaign, annual gifts at every level are necessary to achieve The Stanford Fund goal of $100 million for CUE, said Jon Denney, '85, director of The Stanford Fund. During the campaign, The Stanford Fund also is working to increase participation by undergraduate alumni.
"The percentage of Stanford alumni who give annually has been rising in recent years, but we are looking toward the day when Stanford can count the majority of alums as its supporters," said Denney. "We hope CUE will show more donors how all our gifts add up to big changes for students."
The Stanford Fund supports need-based undergraduate scholarships for more than 1,000 students each year, along with a range of undergraduate programs. These include academic innovations such as Stanford Introductory Studies, as well as more than 150 student organizations ranging from radio station KZSU to an outreach effort to the homeless.
Gifts to The Stanford Fund can be made online at http://thefund.stanford.edu.
Stanford Report, October 16, 2002