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Golden Reunion Gifts are presented at halftime of the homecoming football game.

Golden Reunion Giving FAQ

Below is a list of frequently asked questions regarding the Golden Reunion Gift. To view your class's current giving results and committee members, please click here.

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.

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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.

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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 recognized in the reunion gift. Rice accepts the following forms of payment:

  1. Check: Make checks payable to Rice University.
  2. Credit card: Make your gift online or in communication with a reunion giving committee member or staff liaison Helen L. Toombs ’79 at 713-348-4626 or htoombs@rice.edu.
  3. Securities: You may avoid capital-gains taxes by giving appreciated securities. Contact the Office of Gift Planning at 713-348-4624 for more information.
  4. IRA charitable rollover: Congress has re-authorized the provision that allows you to make a tax-free gift from your IRA to Rice University through December 31, 2013. If you are 70½ or older and do not need the required distributions from your IRA, you may direct as much as $100,000 of your gift to your class’s Golden Reunion Gift to the Rice Annual Fund. For more detailed information, visit the Office of Gift Planning website. Or contact Jill Hughes ’79 at 713-348-6206 or jillhughes@rice.edu. To take advantage of this opportunity, please contact your IRA administrator and direct him or her to make an IRA charitable rollover to Rice University. The check should be made payable to Rice University, should bear your name on the check’s stub, and should be sent from the financial institution to the following address: Rice University, Office of Development – MS 83, P.O. Box 1892, Houston, TX 77251-1892. Attn: Jill Hughes 

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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.

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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

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Why is Rice asking our class to make giving to the Rice Annual Fund a priority for our Golden Reunion Gift?
Gifts to the Annual Fund for the Golden Reunion Gift are essential to sustaining Rice’s important commitment to student financial aid and to equipping every student with the educational opportunities to optimize his or her potential.

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What is the period for giving to the Golden Reunion Gift?
Fundraising for the Golden Reunion gift spans 1½ years, beginning July 1 and officially concluding on Dec. 31 of the following calendar year. The total that is raised before Rice Homecoming and Reunion weekend in the autumn of your anniversary’s calendar 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.

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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 university. 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.

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