2011 Class Gift co-chairs working hard to raise funds in final weeks at YDS

Class agents for the Class of 2011 are working around the clock to make the case for their Class Gift as seniors finish papers and tests in the lead-up to Commencement, May 21-23.


“It is crucial for YDS to be able to welcome the most talented students who are worthy of admission.  It is especially central to the ethos of the School to include students from a range of backgrounds and traditions.  Both of those core qualities about YDS require adequate scholarship resources  -- for which donations of alumni/ae are indispensable both in their own right and as an example to other prospective donors.”  George Rupp ’67 B.D., President and CEO, International Rescue Committee

Leading the charge to raise money for the gift, which will go toward student financial aid, are Sean McAvoy ’11 M.A.R. and Shakira Sanchez-Collins ‘11 M.Div., co-chairs of the 2011 Class Gift.  To date they have raised over $7,500, with 49% of the class contributing to the Class Gift.

To get this response, they have flooded the campus with important messaging, noting: “Over 90% of all YDS students receive some level of financial aid,” “Yale Divinity School has a need-blind admission policy for all applicants,” and “Without financial aid, many students would be unable to attend Yale Divinity School.”

At the April 19 Class Reception, hosted by YDS’s Office of Alumni Relations, McAvoy and Sanchez-Collins spoke directly to the class about why the Class Gift is important.

The Class Gift will go to the Annual Fund, which is used entirely for financial aid.  And, the gift will count toward YDS’s capital campaign, which ends on June 30.  To date, the school has raised just under $36 million toward the campaign goal of $38 million.

Contributions to the 2011 Class Gift are welcome from friends, as well as students in the class. To contribute to the 2011 Class Gift as a friend of the Class, please visit http://divinity.yale.edu/class-gift


Posted: 05/02/2011