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Fundraising for Reunion

The Reunion Committee oversees fundraising efforts in honor and celebration of reunion. This effort begins by drafting a letter, due Oct. 15, to inspire your classmates to support Swarthmore College. There are sample letters from past class communications in the volunteer portal if you need guidance or inspiration. You’ll also develop a fundraising outreach plan to personally contact class members throughout the year using the online volunteer portal, where you can also monitor class giving and participation efforts in real time. 


  • October 15: Draft of your fall class message is due. This email will serve to excite classmates about your yearlong digital reunion celebration and to encourage them to donate in honor of your reunion. Please share your fall digital event date(s) with classmates so they can mark their calendars. Sample language is provided in the Volunteer Portal

  • October: Your Swarthmore College Staff Liaison will send your fall class letter to your classmates via email. 

  • November/December: Follow up individually with classmates. This is a good time to check-in on folks, wish them a happy holiday season, and encourage them to make a gift to Swarthmore before the end of the tax year on Dec. 31. 

  • February 15: Draft of your spring class message is due.

  • March:  Your Swarthmore College Staff Liaison will send your spring class letter to your classmates via email. 

  • March through May: Reach out to individual classmates and post on social media to encourage attendance at spring digital events and end-of-fiscal-year giving. 

  • June: Final fundraising push to encourage gifts in honor of your reunion year

Fundraising Tips and Resources 

How to Give: 

Learn more about different ways classmates can make a gift, including matching gifts, pledges, and estate commitments. 

  1. Online at

  2. By phone at (800) 525-8622

  3. By mailing a check made payable to “Swarthmore College” to 

    Swarthmore College Advancement, attn: Gift Records; 500 College Ave; Swarthmore, PA 19081                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

What Counts Towards Your Class Reunion Giving Goal: 

  • All gifts and pledges made in the four years leading up to the reunion year count in reunion totals.

  • All gifts and pledges made in your reunion year (July 1–June 30) count towards your reunion goal.

  • If a pledge is made in your reunion year, the full amount of that pledge will be counted towards your goal. 

Using The Volunteer Portal: 

The Volunteer Portal is a helpful tool in assisting your fundraising efforts. Log in to the Volunteer Portal by going to

Click here for a guide to using the Volunteer Portal. 

In the Volunteer Portal you can:

  • Track who you’ve already contacted and add notes for each contact

  • See who is assigned a gift officer at Swarthmore and work with that gift officer in your fundraising efforts. 

  • View your classmates’ contact information. It is not shared in any other format.

  • Access up-to-date giving information for your class, including your class totals, how much classmates have contributed this fiscal year, and more. 

Encourage Participation: 

Your class needs everyone to help reach your goal through their continuous support – no matter the size of the gift. 

Talking Points & Reasons to Give:

  • By making a gift, you continue to make a transformative Swarthmore experience available to all students regardless of background or financial circumstances. 

  • As a result of gifts, the College is able to provide financial aid awards, fund student research projects and internships, maintain Swarthmore’s low faculty-to-student ratio, and more. 

  • Swarthmore’s endowment, substantial though it is, does not bridge the gap between tuition and the actual cost of providing the unique educational experience that students receive at Swarthmore.

  • There are countless funds and designations for you to make an impact. View many of those different funds. Gifts to The Swarthmore Fund go to support the areas of greatest need today.

Giving in Action

Financial aid
  • At the core of a Swarthmore education is our unwavering commitment to access.

  • Past support has made Swarthmore one of only 11 colleges and universities in the nation to both admit students without consideration of their ability to pay (need-blind) and meet 100% of a family's determined need with grants instead of loans.

  •   All students who demonstrate financial need are offered scholarship aid, about 50% of which comes from endowed funds. 

    "Thanks to the generosity of the Swarthmore community, I will be the first in my family to attend college and earn a four-year degree."  –Malcolm Bevans ’22

    “It is vital...that Swarthmore can maintain and strengthen its diverse, inclusive, campus community and remain a place where one’s individual story is valued and celebrated.” –Lauren Glant ’83, donor, The Chloe and Raoul Glant Scholarship
The Student Emergency Fund
  • The Student Emergency Fund is just one element of Swarthmore’s response to our students' changing needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

  • Gifts to the Student Emergency Fund provide Swarthmore students with emergency financial assistance that will help them cover expenses for food, medical care, clothing, home internet access, emergency shelter, and a host of other unexpected costs.

Recently the Student Emergency Fund helped: 

  • A first-year student who didn’t have the resources to be reunited with her family in Houston. The Fund covered the cost of her plane ticket home.
  • A student from the Midwest who was headed to stay with her grandmother, but knew her grandmother couldn't afford groceries for both of them. The Fund provided her with a prepaid gift card to a local grocery store.
Endowed Professorships
  • Creating endowed professorships sustains Swarthmore's model for teaching and learning. It recognizes our faculty's achievements and the profound impact they make in the lives of Swarthmore students and beyond. 

  • Having endowed professorships helps to provide greater opportunities for faculty to teach their students in environments beyond the classroom. 

    "[I am] extremely grateful and honored to hold this endowed professorship for the support it demonstrates for the place of music and the creative arts at Swarthmore." –Gerald Levinson, Jane Lang Professor of Music
The Swarthmore Fund
  • The Swarthmore Fund supports every student by making the experiences that distinguish a Swarthmore education possible. 

  • The Swarthmore Fund also allows the College to respond quickly to changing and unexpected needs. 

  • Gifts to the Swarthmore Fund can be designated to a specific initiative or allow your gift to remain unrestricted to meet the area of greatest need at any given time. 

Past Swarthmore Fund gifts have supported:

  • financial aid

  • academic programs

  • community initiatives

  • athletics

  • and much more