Rice Annual Fund
A powerful source of current-use, unrestricted funding that enables our students and faculty to reach their full potential.
Thank you to the many Rice alumni, students, faculty and staff who supported each other and the community during Harvey. Your compassion and neighborliness is inspiring. Please consider giving to the Rice Annual Fund to continue to foster an unparalleled learning environment that encourages students to engage with the community.READ MORE
“At Rice, everyone comes in with his own background and set of goals,” said Brandon Dawkins ’17 (pictured center). “But rather than throwing you into a box, students and faculty let you become who you want to be.” Make your gift to the Rice Annual Fund so students like Brandon can make more great things happen.READ MORE
Rice Annual Fund Results
We are proud to share that our dedicated Owls raised nearly $8 million in support of student life and learning this past fiscal year (July 1, 2016–June 30, 2017)! More than 18,000 Rice alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends generously gave back to the university, including a remarkable 11,077 undergraduate alumni. Your efforts led Rice to an impressive 32% giving participation rate. Go Owls!
Visit our Stories page to learn more about how your gift to the Rice Annual Fund is making an impact for our community.
Impact of the Rice Annual Fund
The Rice Annual Fund is the most popular vehicle through which our supporters give to Rice. We look to our alumni and friends for their support of the Annual Fund every year in order to have an immediate and meaningful impact that keeps Rice Rice.
Undergraduate scholarships and graduate student support provided by the Annual Fund help close the gap between talent and financial need.
Classroom technology and library resources support our academic mission for every student.
Strength and Flexibility
Unrestricted, current-use funds serve as a bridge between long-term goals and the immediate, pressing needs of today.
The Ideal Balance
Gifts to the Annual Fund fuel residential college life, recreation and wellness resources, outreach programs for community engagement, and intramural and club sports, helping Rice strike the perfect balance between academic excellence, a cohesive support system and vibrant extracurricular opportunities.
Alumni Participation is Essential
A longstanding tradition of support for your alma mater.
An important goal of the Rice Annual Fund and our volunteers is to increase undergraduate alumni rates of participation. The Annual Fund and the entire Rice community benefit greatly when more undergraduate alumni give to Rice each year, because:
- There is strength in numbers. In fiscal year 2017, gifts of $250 or less from undergraduate alumni combined to total more than $669,000.
- High rates of participation reflect our alumni’s support of the university’s mission and their desire to remain connected to Rice.
- Publications like U.S. News and World Report consider undergraduate alumni participation when determining Rice’s national college ranking each year. These rankings heavily influence how third parties view Rice and affect the university’s ability to secure grants from corporations and other organizations.
Each year, more than 700 alumni, parents and students serve in leadership roles for Annual Fund programs.
Rice Annual Fund volunteers are ambassadors for the university, making important connections and encouraging classmates and peers to participate in the university's tradition of giving back.
Because alumni share a common Rice experience with their classmates, alumni volunteers are in a unique position to be facilitators between their university and their classmates and to advocate for support of the Rice Annual Fund.
Volunteering is a great way to stay in touch with your classmates while making a positive impact on the current student experience at Rice.
Contact us to learn about volunteering for the Rice Annual Fund at 713-348-4991 or email@example.com.
The leading philanthropic commitment level that keeps Rice Rice.
The Rice Annual Fund relies on a strong tradition of leadership giving to support the scholarships, academic resources and campus life initiatives that keep Rice unique and vibrant.
Gifts to the Annual Fund at or above the leadership level ($2,500 or more) make up a very significant proportion of giving totals.
Young Alumni Support
Graduates of the last decade strengthening Rice through collective support and active participation.
Young alumni make up almost 26 percent of Rice University’s overall alumni base. That represents a significant proportion of our alumni — and the potential to make a big difference as volunteers and donors.
Young alumni who give at the leadership level enjoy special recognition and Rice networking opportunities as members of the Edgar Odell Lovett Society or Charter Society. Over 200 young alumni became philanthropic leaders in 2016–2017!
Your recognition as part of a giving society is based on your yearly support of the Rice Annual Fund (July 1–June 30).
- Classes of 2007–2008: $2,500
- Classes of 2009–2017: $1,000
- Classes of 2007–2008: $1,000
- Classes of 2009–2013: $500
- Classes of 2014–2017: $250
Graduate Student Support
The Rice Annual Fund supports research, teaching and learning for every graduate student, every day.
As we advance into Rice’s second century, our areas of promise will become our newest examples of research preeminence. The Rice Annual Fund enhances Rice’s graduate student experience and addresses some of our students’ and faculty members’ highest priorities, including:
- Financial assistance, including nearly $500,000 in graduate student support.
- The latest lab and classroom technology.
- Current-use funds for departmental budgets.
- Student travel grants to regional and national conferences.
- Student organizations, including the Graduate Student Association (GSA).
Rice Annual Fund Scholars
Connect with today's students while you support Rice.
The Rice Annual Fund Scholars program offers a stronger way to connect to today's students while supporting their hard work and talent. When you give to the Annual Fund at the Supporter or Sustainer level, you can personally see the direct impact of your gift.
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