Reunion Giving

Celebrate your reunion with a contribution to Rice.

Reunion Giving and the Rice Annual Fund

Reunion gifts support the Rice Annual Fund, Rice’s most powerful giving vehicle, supported by more than 85 percent of alumni who give to Rice. These unrestricted funds provide support for core priorities and pressing needs, including:

  • Undergraduate scholarships and graduate student support
  • Library, classroom and laboratory materials and technology
  • Student organizations, leadership initiatives, intramural sports and the college system

Your reunion giving contributions power student life and learning at Rice, helping to maintain and enhance the Rice experience with scholarships, graduate fellowships, library resources and a range of other initiatives.

View current giving progress and committee members

Enhance your Reunion Gift

Multi-year Pledges

A multi-year commitment of $2,500 or more per year for up to 5 years can be made to the Annual Fund. For reunion campaigns, the full amount of a multi-year pledge will be recognized for the class’s reunion gift. These can be set up and fulfilled by mail (pledge form), through a volunteer, or with an Annual Fund staff member. Multi-year commitments also may be made by young alumni (Classes of 2006-2016) at their leadership-giving levels.

Recurring Gifts

Donors can make recurring gifts with their credit card. A gift of any amount can be scheduled monthly, quarterly, or annually for a duration of up to 5 years. For reunion campaigns, the full amount of a recurring credit card gift will be recognized for the class's reunion gift. A recurring gift is an easy and affordable way to divide a larger gift into manageable payments. Arrangements for a recurring gift may be made online, with the paper pledge form or by calling a member of the Rice Annual Fund team.

Matching Gifts

Many companies offer gift-matching programs which can double or triple employees’ or retirees’ personal gifts to the Annual Fund. Matching gifts are an important source of support for the Annual Fund. In order to learn whether a company sponsors a gift-matching program and how an employee applies for matching funds, please contact the company’s human resources department or Helen L.–Toombs ’79, associate director of the Rice Annual Fund, at 713-348-4626 or htoombs@rice.edu.

Reunion Giving Volunteers

Carrying forward Rice’s philanthropic tradition through the reunion class celebration.

Reunion Giving volunteers mobilize classmates to give in support of Rice students and faculty via the Rice Annual Fund. Reunion Giving chairs and committee members share the importance of philanthropy and inspire classmates to take action, to give toward a meaningful cause and to raise their class’s giving totals and participation rates.

Consider joining us as a chair, reunion giving committee member, leadership giving chair, college captain, or social media chair. Reunion giving volunteers serve a one year term from January 1 through December 31, which term corresponds to the recognition of contributions to a class’s reunion gift.

Learn about Reunion Giving Volunteers (PDF)

Current Volunteers: Log on to the Online Volunteer System 

Golden Reunion Gift

Celebrating 50 years as Rice alumni

Your 50th reunion year is a special time to reconnect with classmates and to celebrate how your Rice education has affected your life. During Rice’s Homecoming and Reunion Weekend each autumn, the golden reunion class honors the university with a comprehensive gift that includes class members’ contributions to the Rice Annual Fund and to other priorities of the university.

Golden Reunion FAQ
  • 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 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 
  • 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.

    Campanile 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?

    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.

  • What is the period for giving to the Golden Reunion Gift?

    Fundraising for the Golden Reunion gift spans 1.5 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.

  • If I give to the Rice Annual Fund and also make a gift toward another priority at Rice, 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.

Reunion Giving Records

The following classes hold the giving dollar and participation for their respective reunion classes:

Reunion Class Dollars Class Participation
5th Reunion 2010 $124,137 2010 40%
10th Reunion 2004 $267,726 1994 54%
15th Reunion 1994 $322,327 1988 69%
20th Reunion 1989 $466,188 1984 59%
25th Reunion 1979 $927,548 1989 56%
30th Reunion 1979 $1,503,297 1964 56%
35th Reunion 1979 $1,452,523 1962 57%
40th Reunion 1965 $509,170 1962/64 64%
45th Reunion 1961 $477,424 1960 71%
50th Reunion 1963 $1,159,480 1962 87%

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