YES WE CAN: Three Million in Three Months!

DIVINITY TOMORROW, the Yale Divinity School capital campaign, is entering its final three months seeking to raise the remaining $3 million of a goal of $38 million, and Dean Harold Attridge believes meeting the goal is both  “achievable and essential.”

Said Attridge, “The final  three million in three months is achievable and essential for meeting the needs of our students.  We started the campaign five years ago with an urgent need to improve financial aid for students.  The campaign has helped us to make major strides toward that goal, but the challenge remains.

“If anything, the economic downturn and tightening job market, has increased the urgency of our efforts to improve financial aid for a student body that is primarily headed to work in the not-for-profits sector.”   
 
In these final months, an appeal is going out to alums and friends to make a generous commitment to help support YDS students.   Connie Royster, YDS’s director of development, points out there are three primary ways to give to the capital campaign:  
 
·         Annual Fund Gift:  100% of the Annual Fund is used to provide financial aid to students.   Gifts to the annual find may be made online either as a single gift or as scheduled monthly credit card contributions.  Make an Annual Fund gift

·         Planned gift/bequest:  For most Divinity School alums, their largest gift is in the form of a planned gift or bequest pledge.  Increasingly, planned gifts serve as an important element in retirement planning, providing dependable life income.   Also, we hope that every alum will include the Divinity School in his or her WILL.  A large percentage of the endowed scholarship funds that benefit students were created from bequest gifts.  More information

·         Endowed Gifts:  For those able to contribute larger gifts, an endowed scholarship can be created with a pledge of at least $50,000 (to be paid over a period of up to five years). Make a scholarship gift
 
Help YDS achieve its campaign goal by supporting YDS students with an Annual Gift and please include YDS in your WILL.  All gifts large and small count toward the capital campaign, including Annual Fund gifts and bequest pledges.   
 
Asked if it is possible to reach the $38 million goal during the Three Million in Three Months initiative, Constance Royster responded with an unequivocal:  “With the generosity of YDS Alums and Friends, there is no doubt that: YES WE CAN!”

For further information, contact Constance Royster at constance.royster@yale.edu or 203-432-8127.

Posted: 04/04/2011