Why should I support the Golden Reunion Gift?
The Golden Reunion Gift provides you and your classmates with a special opportunity to mark the 50-year anniversary of your graduation with a lasting contribution to Rice. Your class’s combined gifts will directly benefit today’s students and will set the standard for future golden-reunion alumni giving projects.
Why should I support the Rice Annual Fund for Student Life and Learning?
Year after year, the Annual Fund delivers financial resources that support scholarships, graduate fellowships, residential college life, library resources, and a range of initiatives that otherwise might not be funded. A gift to the Annual Fund sustains and enhances Rice’s unique, high-caliber learning environment and is the best way to ensure that students receive the most rewarding experience possible.
How may I make a gift or pledge to my class’s Golden Reunion Gift?
Gifts may be made outright or as a pledge. Further, the entirety of a multi-year pledge ($2,500 or more) is counted in the reunion gift. Rice accepts the following forms of payment:
- Check: Make checks payable to Rice University.
- Credit card: Make your gift online or in communication with a reunion giving committee member or staff liaison Helen L. Toombs ’79 (713-348-4626).
- Securities: You may avoid capital-gains taxes by giving appreciated securities. Contact the Office of Gift Planning at 713-348-4624 for more information.
May I make a deferred contribution to the Golden Reunion Gift?
Yes. There are several ways to support your Golden Reunion with a deferred gift. It is important for you to find the method of giving that matches your needs and accomplishes your wishes. A variety of deferred-gift options are available, each with benefits to you and to Rice. Please contact the Office of Gift Planning at 713-348-4624 if you have questions or desire additional information concerning deferred giving to this project.
Will my contributions count toward recognition by a giving society?
Yes. If you contribute $2,500 or more to the Rice Annual Fund, you will be recognized by the appropriate annual giving society.
Parliament Society $50,000
Sallyport Society $25,000
Edgar Odell Lovett Society $10,000
Brown Society $5,000
Charter Society $2,500
Why is Rice asking our class to make giving to the Rice Annual Fund a priority for our Golden Reunion Gift?
President David Leebron and the Rice Board of Trustees set an agenda to double the yearly amount raised by the Annual Fund to $8 million by the end of the Centennial Campaign in June 2013. Gifts to the Annual Fund for the Golden Reunion Gift are essential to accomplishing both the Annual Fund’s fiscal-year goal and its overall goal for the Centennial Campaign.
When does giving begin and end?
Fundraising for the Golden Reunion gift spans 1 ½ years, beginning July 1 and officially concluding on Dec. 31 of the following year. The total that is raised before Rice Homecoming and Reunion weekend in the autumn of your reunion year will be presented to Rice during halftime of the homecoming game. It is likely that you will hear from your classmates more than once as your class strives to achieve both its participation and dollar goals.
If I give to the Rice Annual Fund and also make a gift toward another priority of the Centennial Campaign, will both gifts count toward my class’s Golden Reunion Gift?
Yes. After giving to the Annual Fund, many donors will consider legacy gifts that match their personal interests with other priorities of the Centennial Campaign. The Golden Reunion Gift that is presented at homecoming will recognize both the gifts to the Annual Fund and the designated gifts that support capital projects, athletics, scholarships, and other endowments. Dues for friends’ groups are included. But, the class’s goal for giving to the Annual Fund can be achieved only with undesignated gifts.