The 1636 Society recognizes gifts made to FAS and university priorities in a fiscal year (July 1–June 30) or credited to a particular drive year (the July-June year the donor receives HCF class credit for the gift). Gift categories include outright gifts, pledge payments, and the establishment of a pledge due over multiple years.
No. All gifts make a difference. Harvard relies on consistent annual giving to meet the needs of critical programs and take advantage of emerging opportunities. All gifts help advance our goals, and annual gifts arguably are of the utmost importance because they enable the dean to count on steady funding. Furthermore, participation in annual giving to the Harvard College Fund and GSAS—no matter the amount—demonstrates that alumni care about the institution and endeavor to keep it strong.
As long as at least one spouse/partner has made a gift, pledge, or pledge payment to FAS or university priorities in a particular year, that year counts in the membership calculation for both alumni, regardless of how long they have been married or have been domestic partners.
Contact Lauren Roller, whose contact information can be found by clicking on “Contact Us” to the right. Through its appeal program, the Fund will make efforts to notify alumni who are in danger of lapsing.