Frequently Asked Questions
Questions about Annual Giving
How do I ensure I am listed on the donor roster every year?
All gifts received between September 1, 2011 and August 31, 2012 will be acknowledged in our Annual Report to Investors which is issued each fall. For specific giving deadlines for stock, credit card and other types of gifts, please visit the giving deadlines page.
For classes in a reunion year, all gifts and pledges received between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012 will be acknowledged in our Reunion Report issued in winter 2012.
How long do I have to fulfill my pledge?
Pledges are typically paid over five years, but can also be structured for payment over two, three or four years. Pledges paid over more than five years are generally discouraged.
How do I transfer securities?
You may use our new online form to notify Stanford University of your gift plans. In order for your securities gift to count for this calendar year, initiate your securities transfer with your broker by mid-December. Fax a copy of your letter of instruction to Stanford Management Company at 650.926.0312 or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Security gifts must ENTER Stanford's account by December 31 at the latest. Gifts received by this deadline will be acknowledged in the Annual Report to Investors.
Gifts of mutual funds, bonds, foreign or restricted stock, require special handling. Please call Stanford Management Company at 650.926.0244 with questions.
How are securities gifts acknowledged?
When you transfer the stock from your account to the GSB's, we sell the stock and you are acknowledged as donating the full market value of the stock (based on the mean value of the stock's high and low price on the day it hits our account). In order for your securities gift to count for this calendar year, initiate your securities transfer by mid-December.
How do I wire funds?
To transfer funds via wire transfer either domestically or internationally, you will need to provide your bank with Stanford's bank account information. To obtain this information, please contact the Office of Development at 650.723.3356. Please ask your bank to include your name and to indicate that your allocation is for the Graduate School of Business.
How do I make an international gift?
Below are links to information about gifts originating in countries outside the United States. If you have questions about gifts originating from a country or region not listed below, please contact please contact the Office of Development at 650.723.3356.
Who should I contact for a copy of the tax receipt for my gift?
All donors are mailed a receipt acknowledging donation date and amount within 10 business days of making a gift. If you have questions or would like an additional copy of your gift receipt, please contact Gift Processing at 650.725.4360.
How do I know if my company will match my gift?
Please check the registry on www.matchinggifts.com/stanford/ to find out if you company has a matching program.
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Questions about the Business School Fund
What is the Business School Fund?
Fifty years ago, a small group of alumni came up with an idea they thought would help the school: The Business School Fund through which alumni and friends make annual, unrestricted gifts to the school. The Business School Fund provides a key stream of sustained core support for existing programs and seed capital for new ideas. Business School Fund gifts provide nearly $1 in $5 that the school relies on every year.
How much does the Business School Fund raise and where does the money go?
Each year, alumni and friends donate approximately $13 million to the Business School Fund.
Gifts to the Business School Fund are vital because they provide the funds that close the gap between tuition and the total cost to educate a student at the GSB. Tuition and fees cover only half the cost of a student's education. The endowment income on prior gifts covers another 25 percent, which means that the remaining portion must be raised annually through gifts from our alumni, friends, foundations, and corporations.
Why does my gift participation matter?
Participation in annual giving helps safeguard the value of your degree in many ways. Annual gifts—no matter the size— add up to an important income stream that underwrites school activities and ensures the school's fiscal health and continued excellence. Alumni participation in annual giving is a gauge by which alumni support for the business school is measured against its peer schools. Broad-based participation also plays a major role in encouraging large donors, corporations, and foundations who see investments from a substantial number of alumni to make gifts to the school.
Every gift makes a difference in its own right and helps to inspire other donors.
Will my gift make as much of a difference at the GSB as it will at a community organization?
While it is true that a $100 gift to a homeless shelter may seem to have more of an immediate impact on the day-to-day operations of that organization, a gift to the GSB is of a different nature. A gift to the business school has an exponential impact, reaching far beyond the school itself. The school develops and nurtures world leaders who positively impact their organizations, sectors, and communities. GSB components such as the Center for Social Innovation, the Public Management Program, and the Alumni Consulting Team promote innovative, effective, and efficient solutions to social problems in the United States and around the world. More than 500 nonprofit leaders have attended the Center for Social Innovation's Executive Education courses since they began in 2002.
Does my gift to the Business School Fund subsidize the University?
The GSB is a "formula" school, which means that we are financially independent from the university. As a result, your entire gift to the GSB will directly benefit the school and will not be used to fund other university programs.
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