Graduating Class Gift Campaign - How to Make Your Gift

There are two ways to support the 2016 Graduating Class Gift Campaign (you only need to pick one):

1. Make an outright gift to the organization(s) of your choice: A one-time gift made prior to graduation and designated for the exclusive use of up to 2 organizations, clinics, or journals. A list of options may be found here


- To make a one-time gift online, go to:  
- Select "new gift" as gift type
- Enter the amount
- In the dropdown for "I wish to designate my gift for..." select "Yale Law School Fund"
- IMPORTANT STEP: In the "Questions or Comments" field, note which organization(s) should receive your gift (gifts will be split 50/50 unless specified otherwise)
- Note your class year
- Submit your gift

You will receive an email from the YLS Fund staff within 24 hours of your donation confirming that your gift was directed to the organization(s) you noted in the comments field. Your gift will not be designated to the general Yale Law School Fund if you note specific organizations in the comments field.

2. Make a one-time pledge to give before December 31, 2016Commit to donating in the future and we'll remind you to make your gift this fall. Pledges still count for participation in the Class Gift Campaign. Make a pledge here

Matching and Challenges - Your gift will be matched 3:1! 

  • YLS 1:1 Match: The Law School will match your gift up to $500. 
  • Alumni 2:1 Match: Two generous YLS alumni have agreed to match all gifts.
  • Small Group Challenge: Each small group that achieves 100% participation--all members make a gift or pledge--will be allowed to designate $1,000 to the organization(s) of its choice. The group may split the $1,000 among 2-3 organizations.

Is there a minimum donation required? What is the average gift?

There is no minimum donation required. We recognize that members of the class will pursue many different careers after graduation and will have varying capacities to make a gift. Please make a gift or pledge at whatever level works best for you. For reference, the average outright gift for the Class of 2015 was $26.

If you have any questions about the Graduating Class Gift Campaign, please contact Mallory Swartz at the Law School Fund Office (, 203.432.0265).