Rarely does generosity have such an immediate impact on the lives of others than through annual gifts to the Fairfield Fund. Why? Because these unrestricted gifts provide flexibility through the immediate availability of resources to be directed where they are most urgently needed. Your gifts to The Fairfield Fund, which is comprised of the Parents’ Fund, Class Gift, Reunion Giving, Phonathon and more, form the foundation of our University's future.
Instruction, Academic Support, and Student Services: Most people don’t realize that tuition and fees account for only a portion of Fairfield’s annual budget. Gifts to The Fairfield Fund create an essential bridge between tuition revenues and the actual cost of educating a Fairfield student, ensuring access to a first-rate education.
Student Life and Career Services: The Fairfield Fund provides resources to support Student Government, Career Services and Student Clubs from the Sports Clubs to the Glee Club, essential aspects of the University experience.
Financial Aid: With approximately 8 out of 10 Fairfield students relying on financial aid, sustaining and increasing assistance for talented students is a top priority.
Institutional Support and Administration: Fairfield University is not unlike a small city. Dollars from The Fairfield Fund make it possible for us to provide the wide range of services and support necessary to keep Fairfield operating at our fullest potential 365 days a year.
Did you know? Alumni participation is the most important measure of alumni satisfaction and is used to calculate national rankings like U.S. News & World Report. So, higher participation = increased value of your degree.
Gifts from our alumni will boost our participation rate while helping to meet the immediate needs of our students. Contributions from Parents and Friends make a big difference too! Help increase Fairfield’s rankings and make a Fairfield education possible for future Stags. Thank you for your support.
The Parents’ Fund is a component of The Fairfield Fund and has an annual goal to raise $550,000 in unrestricted support to the university. Donations to this important fund are used to strengthen student life, career services and other programs designed to help our students succeed. Your gift has an immediate impact on the campus environment by enhancing the academic and social experiences for every student at Fairfield.
Donations to The Parents’ Fund support student life, activities and programs, enhance career services, provides for cutting-edge technology in our library, labs and classrooms. Your gifts also maintains academic excellence through faculty support and small student to teacher ratios.
Whether it's been 5, 25, or 45 years since you graduated, your Reunion Weekend this coming June marks a special occasion for the Classes of 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, and 2011.
(The 50th Reunion Class of 1966 celebrates their milestone during Commencement Weekend in May.)
Please make a special gift to Fairfield University in your Reunion year. Your participation, combined with gifts both large and small from all Reunion-year classmates, unites both your class and the entire University community.
Other Class Years:
Giving in the years between reunions is very important to Fairfield’s alumni participation numbers. Over 80% our alumni are not celebrating a reunion and their support is very necessary. Please support our students and help them have the same great experience you did.
Add your name to the growing list of donors in your class and make your gift today!
Q. Who supports The Fairfield Fund?
A. People just like you - Fairfield University alumni, former and current parents, University friends, faculty, and staff.
Q. What is The Fairfield Fund?
A. The University's most significant fundraising effort. Gifts to The Fairfield Fund bridge the approximately 20% gap between tuition and the University's actual operating costs, providing support for academic initiatives, students support services, faculty research, and information technology.
Q. When is the fiscal year cycle?
A. Our fiscal year is July 1 to June 30.
Q. What about matching gifts?
A. Each time you make a gift to Fairfield, you can double or triple its impact by first checking with your employer to see if they participate in a matching gift program. For example, if you give a $200 donation to the University, your employer may contribute a match ranging from 50% ($100) to 200% ($400) of your gift. Unsure if or how your company runs its program? Contact your Human Resources Department. Completed forms can be sent to: Development Services, Fairfield University, 1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield, CT 06824.
Q. Where does my gift go?
A. In a word, to our students. The Fairfield Fund opens the doors of the University to promising students from varied economic backgrounds, offering financial aid to those in need, and enhancing the collegiate experience for all once they step foot on campus. The Fairfield Fund is an integral part of the University's operating budget, providing resources to recruit and develop a preeminent faculty, supporting a wide array of extracurricular activities (including more than 80 student clubs and organizations as well as countless volunteer opportunities), and introducing innovative programming to the classroom. Your contribution to The Fairfield Fund dollars touch every aspect of student life, helping the University provide a fully integrated, truly unique living and learning experience for every Fairfield student.
Q. Why should I participate in The Fairfield Fund?
A. Two reasons: 1. Your participation helps make outstanding programs and services available to current students. 2. Your participation is among the factors considered by rating services such as U.S. News & World Report. Higher participation rates enhance the University's reputation and the value of the degrees it confers.
Q. How can I give to The Fairfield Fund?
A. The most popular way to give is through a cash gift, but there are many other ways to support Fairfield as well. Each gift - of any size - makes a difference!
Cash gifts can be made by:
Check - Made payable to Fairfield University, and mailed to:
Office of Annual Giving
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824-5195
Phone - Call toll-free, 1-877-748-5123, with your MasterCard, VISA, or American Express account information.
Payroll deduction - Fairfield employees can call the Annual Giving office at ext. 4004.
Stock gifts can be made by:
Phone - Have your broker call our Development Office at (203) 254-4004.
Please remember, our fiscal year-end is June 30. Thank you!
For further information, please contact:
Office of Annual Giving
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824
(203) 254-4004 or toll free, 877-748-5123