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Why I give to Stanford

I’m giving again to Stanford now. Why, you ask? Because Stanford produces results; it transforms people and the world; and its students, faculty and staff inspire me. And I want to be part of that, because it makes me feel good and for me it is the right thing to do.

Why I’m not donating to The Stanford Fund

I am a graduating senior and I did not make a “Senior Gift” contribution to The Stanford Fund. So why didn’t I give? Do I hold a grudge? Was it the satisfaction of dissent? Or are there legitimate reasons why I should withhold my donation? I started asking myself the very questions from those TSF emails: To whom should I be grateful for my Stanford experience and how should I express that gratitude? Unlike a debt, gratefulness isn’t beholden to any particular institution – whether it be a person, school or state. Therefore, for my Senior Gift, I donated to the CCSF scholarship fund. Its students deserve it more than we do.

Senior Gift campaign reinvigorates alumni donations

As the 2013-2014 school year draws to a close, Stanford seniors are confronted with the question of what it means to be an alumnus. Central to this new identity is the question of how alumni will give back to their alma mater. Although some undergraduates may see donation requests as a nuisance, the efforts of a small team of students and staff have aimed to recast young alumni giving as a gesture of gratitude through the Senior Gift.