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Reunion Fundraising

Make a gift today in honor of your milestone reunion!

Your gift makes a Swarthmore education accessible and extraordinary. Please consider making a gift that is personally meaningful to you. 

Reunion Giving

Reunion giving is a yearlong fundraising effort that takes place alongside your virtual and in-person reunion event planning and celebrations. 

Reunion provides an excellent opportunity to support the College in a way that is personally meaningful to you. Your gift will help current and future students experience all that the College has to offer.

Reunion giving recognizes contributions made to all designations including The Swarthmore Fund, the Student Emergency Fund, financial aid, scholarships and other endowed funds, athletics, or any other area of campus. If you are celebrating a reunion in 2022 and would like to participate in Reunion Giving, all you have to do is make a gift of any amount to support any area of campus between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022.

Please Note: While many alumni may choose to celebrate their milestone reunion during Alumni Weekend, only class years ending in 2 and 7 are actively fundraising towards Reunion Giving goals this year. Classes ending in 0, 1, 5, and 6 concluded their reunion fundraising on June 30, 2021; their achievements will be celebrated during Alumni Weekend 2022. 

Reunion Gift Counting

All gifts and pledges made in the five years leading up to reunion count in reunion totals. Reunion classes have a reunion year giving goal and a total reunion giving goal. The reunion year goal includes gifts and pledges made from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022. The total reunion giving goal takes into account all gifts and pledges made since July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2022.

Gift Counting FAQs

Q: If I make a $5,000 pledge in my reunion year, will all of it count? Or just the amount I paid from it?

A: If you are in your reunion year and make a five year pledge, the entire five-year pledge will count towards your current reunion giving goal. Payments on the pledge made after your reunion year will not be counted towards your next reunion giving total. 

Q: What if someone made a pledge in the last reunion cycle, but made payments on it in this reunion cycle? Do we count those pledge payments?

A: We do not count those pledge payments towards this reunion since the gift commitment was made outside of the current five-year reunion cycle.


Q: What types of gifts count?

A: You can make a gift using a credit card, check, or even a planned gift such as a documented bequest intention or charitable gift annuity. Multi-year pledges offer consistent support for the College and the entire pledge amount counts towards your class goals. Your gift will be counted in the class giving total, which is measured in two ways: total dollars contributed and class participation rate. 

Ways to Give 

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


By Phone: 800-525-8622

By Mail: Send a check made payable to “Swarthmore College” to

Swarthmore College Advancement 

attn: Gift Records  
500 College Ave
Swarthmore, PA 19081

The Roy J. Shanker and Linda Gibson 50th Reunion Legacy Challenge

Roy Shanker ’70 and his wife Linda Gibson have pledged $1.4 million in matching gifts (details below) for any legacy gifts from the Class of 1972. This could include naming the College as a beneficiary of your life insurance or retirement accounts, charitable gift annuities, charitable trusts, or a provision in your will. Learn more about planned giving at Swarthmore. If you are interested in learning more about ways to participate in this giving challenge, please contact Renée P. Atkinson, director of Gift Planning, at 866-526-4438 or

There is an additional opportunity for everyone to participate in the 50th Reunion Legacy Challenge. If at least 50% of the Class of 1972 make a gift during this reunion year, Roy and Linda will contribute an additional $25,000 to support Swarthmore students. Those funds will count towards the Class of 1972 reunion giving goal. 

Challenge match details 

  • 10% match for gifts up to $99,999
  •  $10,000 match for gifts between $100,000 and $249,999
  • $25,000 match for gifts between $250,000 and $499,999
  • $50,000 match for gifts of $500,000 or greater

Helpful Resources for Reunion Committees

Reunion Committee Staff Liaisons

5th–50th Reunions

Katie Kuzoian Straple
Associate Director, Alumni & Parent Engagement

Garnet Sages and Affinity Networks

Caitlin Halloran Edwards 
Associate Director, Alumni & Parent Engagement