Participation in the Senior Gift campaign reached a record high in percent participation this year, with 79 percent of the class contributing as of a week before the campaign ended. The previous record was 78 percent.
The Senior Gift contributes to The Stanford Fund, 82 percent of which goes directly to need-based financial aid. The campaign website calls it a “class milestone–one that will have an immediate and lasting impact on the next generation of Stanford students.”
As of May 31, 2011, The Stanford Fund had received a total of $12,421,220 from 20,456 previous alumni, which reflects a 23.3 percent participation rate for those graduating between 1926 and 2010. Donation participation is calculated by fiscal year, which spans from Sept. 1 to Aug. 31.