When you and your classmates celebrate your reunion together – whether in person at Alumni Weekend or in spirit over social media and email – you can also make a difference for every current Pomona student. This past year Reunion Class Gifts totaled more than $1.2 million! And class gifts help provide funding for scholarships, academic departments and programs, and student life opportunities such as internships and research.
What is a Reunion Class Gift?
Reunion Class Gifts are a special component of the Pomona College Annual Fund seeking increased support from reunion classes. Last year, alumni, parents and friends contributed more than $5 million to The Annual Fund, 25% of which came from those celebrating reunions. The Annual Fund provides unrestricted funds to support the Pomona's highest priorities, including student scholarship support, curriculum development, faculty salaries, and student organizations.
How will my gift make a difference?
As part of The Annual Fund, your gift helps cover the cost of running Pomona College. Because tuition and fees only cover approximately 60% of the actual cost of each student's education, the College looks to alumni – along with parents and friends – to bridge the difference. Your contribution supports:
- a highly select and diverse student body;
- a faculty of distinguished teachers;
- a guarantee of need-blind admission;
- exceptional campus facilities; and
- an enriching residential student life like the one you had as a Pomona student
Why am I being asked to give during my reunion year?
Pomona College depends on the generosity, enthusiasm, and class camaraderie and spirit of its reunion classes to anchor The Annual Fund. Successful reunion classes help set the pace and inspire other classes through their campaigns. Your class gift, along with those of other reunion classes, has a profound impact on the College's ability to continue to offer a premier liberal arts education.
How much should I give?
Levels of support vary from class to class and person to person, but your participation matters most!
Please remember, every gift – no matter the size – is meaningful to Pomona. If you are not able to make a gift at one of the gift club levels, or if you have not been a regular supporter of The Annual Fund, we hope you will consider contributing to your Reunion Class Gift. Reunion gift records are set based on both dollars and participation rates, so every gift is significant!
When should I give?
The Annual Fund fiscal year begins July 1 and ends June 30. All gifts must be received between those dates in order to be counted in your class reunion gift totals.
How do I give?
Pomona College accepts cash, checks, credit cards and gifts of securities.
- Give by mail by sending your gift to:
Office of Alumni and Family Engagement
305 N. College Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711-6324
- Give securely online at www.pomona.edu/class-gift.
- Give by phone by calling toll-free, 1-888-724-3436.
- Transfer gifts of securities by calling toll-free 1-888-724-3436.
What about corporate matching gifts?
Matching gifts are dollars matched by employers in response to charitable contributions made by employees. Retirees, as well as spouses and domestic partners of employees often are also eligible for corporate matching gifts. To find out if your employer is a matching gift company, please contact your personnel or human resources office. Many companies will match employee contributions, in some cases doubling or even tripling your gift. Retirees and spouses of employees often also are eligible for corporate matching gifts.
- Obtain Matching Gift forms from your Human Resources Office.
- Complete the Matching Gift form (or complete your employer's on line web form).
- Return the Matching Gift form, along with your contribution to Pomona College.
Matching gifts can help you qualify for Annual Fund Gift Clubs.