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Support Our Work

Today, more than ever, our complex social, political, and environmental issues call for Stanford University to contribute to the public good and to weave public service more deeply into our rich tapestry of tradition, identity, and culture.

Cardinal Service, a university-wide effort to make service an essential feature of a Stanford education, represents the most significant elevation of public service at Stanford since the establishment of the Haas Center for Public Service in 1985. Help us make Cardinal Service opportunities available to all Stanford students.

Ways to give

Make a gift or pledge online

The fastest way to give to Stanford is to make a gift online.

Annual and reunion gifts provide an opportunity for alumni and friends to have a powerful and direct impact on the development of public service leaders. Five-year reunion pledges help ensure a stable flow of unrestricted funding.

You can contact the Office of Development by email or by calling (650) 725-4360.

Give by phone or check

  • Call us toll-free with your credit card information: (866) 543-0243 (international call (650) 724-0627). Customer service representatives are available Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Pacific Time.
  • For gifts of appreciated securities, call (650) 721-1917.
  • For bequests or life income gifts, please contact the Office of Planned Giving at (800) 227-8977, ext. 54358.
  • You can also mail a check made out to Stanford University. Please include a note telling us how to direct your gift and send to:

    Development Services
    P.O. Box 20466
    Stanford, CA 94309-0466

Securities and transfers

Young Alumni Circle

Donors within 25 years of graduation who make multi-year pledges of $1,000 and above join our Young Alumni Circle. Members are invited to meet students serving in their region each summer. Gifts can be made through monthly contributions of as little as $84.00. Please contact Annual Fund and Donor Relations Program Director Shruthi Worton-Cross for more information.

Directors' Circle

Donors of unrestricted gifts of $10,000 and up join our Directors' Circle. Members are  invited to events, including our fall Cardinal Service Dinner and spring Cardinal Service Celebration. These are opportunities to meet faculty, staff, and students, and learn more about the growth of public service at Stanford University. Please contact Annual Fund and Donor Relations Program Director Shruthi Worton-Cross for more information.

Planned giving opportunities

When you make a planned gift such as a bequest, trust, or life income gift to the Haas Center, you not only create a legacy for public service at Stanford, you also contribute to the greater good by investing in the next generation of public service leaders.

Making a bequest to the Haas Center is easy. There is no minimum amount and bequests are exempt from federal real estate taxes. You may include the center in a new will or trust instrument, add a codicil to your present will, or amend your present trust instrument to provide for the support of public service at the University. You can designate your bequest to be a specific dollar amount or a specific asset such as real estate or securities, or you can simply provide that Stanford is to receive a percentage of your estate, the residue of your estate, or your entire estate. You may also make the Haas Center a beneficiary of your IRA, 401(k), or life insurance policy.

If you notify the University of your bequest to the Haas Center, you are included as a member of the Founding Grant Society, which the University established to honor alumni, parents, and friends who have included Stanford in their estate plans. Members are invited to participate in a number of special events each year.

For helpful information on bequests and other planned gifts, please visit Stanford University Planned Giving.

Gifts in Memory of Donald Kennedy

Gifts in memory of Donald Kennedy

To support a continued legacy of public service at Stanford in memory of President Emeritus Donald Kennedy, please designate gifts to the Haas Center for Public Service to The Donald Kennedy Environmental Fellowship for Stanford in Government Fund.

Please contact Annual Fund and Donor Relations Program Director Shruthi Worton-Cross at (650) 725-7388 if you have any questions about gifts in his memory or if you would like more information about directing your Stanford philanthropy to the Haas Center.

Read tributes to Donald Kennedy