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Give to the Haas Center

Amanda Martinez, '14

Make a gift to the Haas Center for Public Service, the hub of Cardinal Service.

Public service has always been part of Stanford’s identity, its culture. Our founders desired it, our students aspire to it, and our world demands it. Cardinal Service represents the most significant expansion and elevation of public service at Stanford since the establishment of the Haas Center for Public Service in 1985 and includes the following four dimensions:

  • Cardinal Quarter
    Students engage in full-time summer or quarter-long public service experiences with Stanford support.
  • Cardinal Courses
    Students enroll in courses that integrate a community experience, examine a public issue, and explore civic identities. 
  • Cardinal Commitment
    Students make and sustain a significant service commitment.
  • Cardinal Careers
    Students are encouraged to integrate service into any career and are supported to pursue work in the public interest.

Gift Opportunities

In addition to unrestricted support for Cardinal Service, we are interested in speaking with you about ways your gift can provide current and future generations of Stanford students with opportunities to make a difference on social and environmental issues. For more information, please contact Megan Swezey Fogarty, deputy executive director, at (650) 725-2870 or

Cardinal Quarter (CQ) Gift Opportunities

  • $175,000 endows one CQ fellowship
  • $1,000,000 endows a cohort of 5-6 CQ fellowships annually
  • $25,000 expendable gift supports three CQ fellows for one year

Cardinal Commitment, Cardinal Course, and Cardinal Career Opportunity Funds

Naming opportunities start at $1,000,000.

Matching Funds for Cardinal Service

Matching funds at a ratio of 3 to 5 are available for endowment gifts of $175,000 or more, i.e. a gift of $500,000 will generate an additional $300,000 for Cardinal Service.

Expendable Support

Annual and reunion gifts of any amount provide an opportunity for alumni and friends to have a powerful and direct impact on the development of public service leaders. Multi-year pledges help ensure a stable flow of unrestricted funding. Five-year commitments (to fit with the reunion giving cycle) are especially welcome. Please see our appeal letter below for more information and email Megan Swezey Fogarty for more information on our giving circles.

2016 Annual Fund Message

Dear Friend of the Haas Center,

This year Stanford University is launching the boldest expansion of public service in its 125 years. Cardinal Service is a university-wide initiative that builds on three decades of the Haas Center’s experience and the founding vision of Leland and Jane Stanford. It will elevate and expand public service as a distinct feature of a Stanford Education.

With the support of President John Hennessy, Provost John Etchemendy, and the Vice Provosts for Student Affairs, Undergraduate Education, Graduate Education, and Teaching and Learning, the Haas Center is assuming an expanded role as the hub of Cardinal Service. 

In 2014-15, the Haas Center joined with numerous campus partners to engage over 900 students in community engaged learning courses (Cardinal Courses), support over 400 students in full-time, quarter-long fellowships (Cardinal Quarter), and advise hundreds of students making service commitments and seeking careers that promote the public good. In the coming years, Cardinal Service will expand these numbers significantly. 

Stanford students are intrepid idealists, courageous leaders, and active citizens. As we prepare our students to be the next generation of change agents at every level of society, the call to public service has never been more timely or more imperative. Our complex social, political, and environmental challenges are a clarion call to realize our founding vision creatively, energetically, and responsibly. 

At this exciting moment, we invite you to join the Haas Center in helping our remarkable students develop the civic values, hands-on experience, and leadership skills they seek in order to address the most pressing issues of our time. 

With deep appreciation,

Larry Diamond 
Peter E. Haas Faculty Director 

Thomas Schnaubelt 
Executive Director