Rice Annual Fund

The Rice Annual Fund is a powerful source of current-use, unrestricted funding that supports the full range of extraordinary learning opportunities at Rice. Your support of the Rice Annual Fund every year attracts talented and curious students to Rice, enables them to take part in cutting-edge research and scholarship, and provides the broad support for teaching excellence and extramural activities that distinguish the student experience as one of the best in the nation.

Your philanthropy brings talented and curious students to the university, where they take part in cutting-edge research and thrive in our diverse community.

Areas of Support l The Rice Investment l Leadership Giving l Young Alumni Recognition Societies


The Rice Annual Fund is a strategic priority of Be Bold, the Campaign For Rice, a comprehensive fundraising effort that seeks to ensure access to a transformative student experience. As the university’s most powerful source of unrestricted gifts, the Annual Fund provides critical support to everything from generous financial aid to teaching resources to residential college life. Taken together, these resources enhance the quality of life and learning for all students.

Areas of Support

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

Download a printer-friendly report of the areas across campus that the Rice Annual Fund supports.

Rice Annual Fund Giving: Fiscal Year 2021

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$7.5 million

raised in FY 2021

alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends generously gave back to the university
donors made their first-ever gift to the Rice Annual Fund

The Rice Investment

To ensure that the most deserving students have the opportunity to realize their full potential, the university announced The Rice Investment, a bold financial aid initiative that will reduce barriers for low- and middle-income families.

While the university will rely on financial aid endowments to continually support The Rice Investment, current-use scholarships from the Rice Annual Fund play a vital role in ensuring that this important commitment to access and affordability can take effect immediately.

Your gift to the Rice Annual Fund in support of The Rice Investment will:

  • Remove obstacles that prospective students face when considering Rice.
  • Attract and support a talented and diverse student body.
  • Ensure our Owls can pursue opportunities without the burden of significant debt.

Note: If you would like to designate your gift toward The Rice Investment, be sure to choose “Rice Annual Fund-The Rice Investment/Undergraduate Scholarships” in the designation dropdown menu on the online giving form.


Leadership Giving

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. Recognition at one of these levels is based on unrestricted gifts to the Rice Annual Fund, including corporate matching gifts, during one fiscal year (July 1–June 30).

Learn more about Rice Annual Fund leadership giving (PDF)

Recognition Societies
Campanile Society $50,000 or more
Sallyport Society $25,000–$49,999
Lovett Society $10,000–$24,999
Brown Society $5,000–$9,999
Charter Society $2,500–$4,999

Young Alumni Leadership Recognition Societies

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. There were 84 young alumni who became philanthropic leaders in 2020–2021!

Lovett Society
Class of 2011-2012 $2,500
Classes of 2013-2021 $1,000
Charter Society
Classes of 2011–2012 $1,000
Classes of 2013–2017 $500
Classes of 2018–2021 $250

Community of Support

Community of Support

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.

Young Alumni Support

Young alumni (graduates within the last decade) make up 27% of Rice’s overall alumni base. That represents a significant proportion of our alumni - and the potential to make a big difference as volunteers and donors.


Each year, more than 266 Rice Annual Fund volunteers serve as ambassadors for the university, making important connections and encouraging classmates and peers to participate in the university's tradition of giving back.


We invite you to mark your own bold impact on Rice's future. Let us know what programs and opportunities you would like to discuss by contacting us at stewardship@rice.edu.

Giving to Rice

Development & Alumni Relations
P.O. BOX 1892
Houston, Texas 77251-1892

Phone: 713-348-4991
Email: giving@rice.edu

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