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Why Give to Stanford Engineering?

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Flexible gifts inspire creativity.

The majority of gifts to Stanford — and 75 percent of endowment funds — are directed toward particular schools, departments or programs. Annual, expendable gifts provide vital flexibility.


Stanford’s mission is global.

Stanford has the depth and breadth to help with complex, global problems. You can help.

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Federal funding has declined.

Federal support for university research is significant, but it’s been declining for years in real dollars. 

Every gift makes a difference!

Most gifts made to Stanford and Engineering are less than $1,000. But together they add up to millions for student aid, academics, research and programs so we can educate leaders and tackle global issues.

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The endowment does not cover most expenses.

Stanford’s endowment covers only about 20% of the university’s budget. The university must fund more than two‐thirds of its operating expenses from other sources. 

Why Give
I believe that, historically, advancements in science and technology have been the biggest contributor to improvement in quality of life around the world. As a leader in fundamental research, Stanford is well positioned to continue this trend.
David B. Pecora, MS ’01, Computer Science
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Help us achieve our vision by supporting our core funding initiatives.

Funding Initiatives


Matthew Bahls
Director of Major Gifts

Frank Scioscia
Director of Strategic Partnerships

Development Staff