Reunion Classes Boost Alumni Fund Participation

May 2nd, 2016

In addition to celebrating Reunion Weekend on April 15 – 17, 2016, Yale SOM alumni in reunion classes made a big impact by giving back to the school through the Yale SOM Alumni Fund. The strong support of these reunion gifts helped participation rise from 28.8% just before Reunion to 44.1% the following week—making significant progress toward the overall goal of 50% participation from all Yale SOM alumni. Participation in annual giving is an important indicator of alumni engagement with the school, and Yale SOM boasts one of the highest participation rates among U.S. business schools.

To encourage giving among the reunion classes, Edward De La Rosa ’81 and John Resor ’81 generously offered a participation challenge building on the excitement around reunions, from the Wednesday before Reunion Weekend through the Friday after. For each new reunion donor to the Yale SOM Alumni Fund during the challenge period, Ed and John pledged to give a bonus of $500 to the school, up to 200 donors and $100,000. The challenge was a great success—getting 205 new donors on board and securing Ed and John’s $100,000 bonus gift. Regarding this gift in honor of his 35th Reunion, Ed said, “During my time at Yale, and since then, I gained a tremendous amount of inspiration from my classmates, who demonstrated an incredible amount of professionalism and creativity as they advanced through their careers and engaged with various organizations to make ours, a healthier society.  It’s a privilege to make this contribution to help the Yale School of Management continue to educate tomorrow’s leaders who embrace these same values.”  John added, “I will always be grateful to SOM for attracting individuals who are motivated by doing the right thing and preparing them to be thoughtful and effective leaders.”

To date, Yale SOM Alumni Fund participation is at 38.8%, and 801 more donors are still needed by June 30 to reach the 50% participation goal. All gifts count toward class totals. See how each class is performing. To do your part, make your gift by June 30 at Gifts of all sizes are vital in helping the school support today’s students.

Also, please save the date for next year’s Reunion Weekend! The classes of 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007, 2012, and 2016 (for a 1-year reunion) will be celebrating their reunions May 5 – 7, 2017 at Edward P. Evans Hall in New Haven. For these classes, recruiting for gift and reunion planning committees is now underway. For more information about your gift committee, please email To sign up for your reunion planning committee, please email