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Giving Circles

At the Stanford Graduate School of Education, gifts to the Education Fund provide critical funding for our remarkable students. These students graduate, enter the workforce, and then give back to ensure that future generations receive the same chance. This circle of opportunity, gratitude, and giving is an integral part of our school.

We are so thankful for the alumni and friends who believe in the power of education to make a difference, and it is an honor to recognize their generosity and loyalty to the Stanford Graduate School of Education in the following ways:

Dean's Circle

Established in 2014, the Dean’s Circle honors the loyal core of alumni and friends who support the Graduate School of Education regularly, year after year. The Dean’s Circle includes everyone who has made a gift, of any amount, to the school for at least fifteen out of the last twenty years. Together, these contributions provide critical financial sustenance that enables the GSE’s high caliber of scholarship, research, and practice on a consistent and ongoing basis.

1917 Circle

Launched in 2017 to celebrate the centennial year of the Stanford Graduate School of Education, the 1917 circle includes generous alumni and friends who make an annual gift to the school of $1,000 or more, as well as graduates of the last decade who make a yearly contribution of $500 or more. These gifts are investments in the future of the Graduate School of Education, and this level of generosity truly advances the school’s mission of leadership in research, theory, policy, and practice.

Members of the 1917 Circle and Dean's Circle:

  • Hear personally from the Dean and current students who are benefiting from your generosity 
  • Receive invitations from school officials to unique, signature GSE events throughout the year
  • Get to know what it's like at the GSE today by talking to a student during our November Thank-a-thon
  • Learn about cutting-edge research from GSE faculty in an intimate setting at Circle Night 

Highlights from the 2019 Circle Night with Professor Jo Boaler and doctoral student Tanya LaMar

Christine Min Wotipka
Christine Min Wotipka, AM '99 in Sociology, PhD '01 in International Comparative Education

“The GSE provided me the very best graduate school experience one could imagine and for that, I am very grateful. Making gifts to the GSE is one way for me to show my appreciation and to help future generations of students.”

Mary Jean Vaubel Montgomery
Mary Jean Vaubel Montgomery, AM '73 in Curriculum and Instruction

“I made my first gift to Stanford after I graduated with a Master’s Degree from the GSE in 1973. I was and still am very proud and grateful for my Stanford experience. Although I am retired, I continue to observe with extraordinary pride the stunning achievements in research and practice at Stanford’s GSE.”

Norman W. Robinson
Norman W. Robinson, PhD '74 in Education

“Knowing that the generosity of others is what makes it possible for students to attend the Stanford GSE, I feel that my contributing is a way of assuring that future students will have the same incredible opportunities that I had.”

For more information on these giving circles and their benefits, please contact Holly Materman at

To make a secure gift online, please visit our Online Giving Portal.

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