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Annual Giving

Your gift each year makes a difference each day at the GSE, supporting students, faculty, and programs.

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The Education Fund

Annual unrestricted gifts through the Education Fund support merit- and need-based financial aid, innovative approaches to teaching, and strong research-practice partnerships. These funds increase access to all graduate programs—master’s, STEP, and PhD—for the next generation of education leaders.

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STEP Fellowship Fund

The STEP Fellowship Fund provides direct financial support to students in the GSE’s teacher preparation program, making STEP—and becoming a teacher—accessible to outstanding candidates with financial need.

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General Fellowship Fund

The General Fellowship Fund provides critical funding for students in our highly competitive doctoral programs to help bridge the gap between tuition, research and teaching assistantships, and the cost of living in the Bay Area.

Norman W. Robinson, PhD ‘74
“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. It’s important for me to know that each year I am doing what I can to help sustain and grow the GSE’s impact.
Norman W. Robinson, PhD ’74
Araceli Ortiz Steger, ’08, MA ’08,  MA/MBA ’12
“Because of the generosity of many, every gift seems to be compounded. Even a small contribution can go so far to provide opportunities for the incredible individuals after us who will make a positive difference in the world.”
Araceli Ortiz Steger, ’08, MA ’08, MA/MBA ’12

Find your place in our circle of appreciation

The GSE recognizes the generosity and loyalty of our supporters in the following ways:

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Dean's Circle

The Dean’s Circle honors alumni and friends who support the GSE year after year, and includes those who have made a gift of any amount to any fund at the GSE for at least 10 of the last 15 years.

1917 Circle

Launched in 2017 to celebrate the GSE’s centennial, the 1917 Circle includes those who make an annual gift of $1,000 or more to any unrestricted fund at the GSE such as the Education Fund or the STEP Fellowship Fund, as well as graduates of the last decade who make a yearly contribution of $500 or more.

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Circle members:

  • hear personally from the Dean and current students who benefit from your generosity;
  • receive invitations to GSE events* throughout the year;
  • connect with a student* about life at the GSE during our November Thank-a-thon; and
  • learn from faculty about cutting-edge research at the GSE’s Circle Night*.

*Presented virtually and via other safe formats

Contact us

For information on annual giving opportunities or questions about your giving history or recognition, contact:

Laina Humbles
Laina Humbles
Sr. Associate Director of Annual Giving
(650) 723-2453
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