Annual Gifts

Why Give To The Annual Fund
How To Match/Double Your Gift
How Does My Annual Gift Affect The Campaign For Howard?
Class Reunions Gifts
The Family Fund
Annual Fund FAQs

Why Give To The Annual Fund

The Annual Fund provides a vehicle for alumni and friends to make an immediate impact on current Howard law students. Gifts designated to the Annual Fund directly support every aspect of the educational experience, from faculty salaries and library books to laboratory equipment and athletic uniforms. This support also enables the School of Law to attract the nation’s best students and faculty and offer them the finest academic resources and learning environment.

The generous support and dedicated commitment of donors like you, allows the School of Law to continue raising academic standards and bolster the quality of education offered to students. These achievements ultimately strengthen the School’s standing as one of the finest institutions nationally and internationally. Through the Annual Fund, you may choose to designate your gift to students, faculty or research in any of the School’s programs. Your gift helps to make Howard University School of Law outstanding.

How To Match/Double Your Gift

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees. Best of all, you are recognized for the full amount of your own gift plus any resulting corporate match. To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, please click below:


If your company is eligible, request a matching gift form from your employer, and send it completed and signed with your gift. We will do the rest. The impact of your gift to Howard may be doubled or possibly tripled! Some companies match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses.

How Does My Annual Gift Affect The Campaign For Howard?

Every gift to the Annual Fund is a gift to The Campaign for Howard. The Annual Fund is responsible for $20 million of the $250 million Campaign goal. An additional goal for The Campaign is to add annual donors at the $5,000 and $10,000 levels and to achieve 30% participation rate. With your help and the continuous support of the over 8,000 donors who contributed to the University-wide Annual Fund last year, we will exceed our goal.

Class Reunions Gifts

Your class reunion is a very special time - a time to return to campus, reunite with old friends and perhaps reconnect with a favorite professor. It is a time to remember your earlier years and reflect on all the things that you have gained from your time spent in the classrooms, on the playing fields and in the dormitories of the University. It is a time to come back and most importantly, an opportunity to give back!

Many of your experiences at the University were the direct result of generous people that came before you. We thank all of you who have returned the favor by contributing generously year after year to help maintain the excellent programs at Howard. In this, your reunion year, we encourage you to give generously to help future generations of Howardites. Your donations will help to support a special gift to represent your class. This gift will be presented to the President at the annual All Classes Reunion Luncheon.

A monetary donation is not the only way to return the favor; your time is also an invaluable asset. Two committees of your classmates guide each reunion program. The Reunion Gift Committee determines which gift will best exemplify the spirit of your graduating class. The Class Planning Committee determines what activities would encourage the most classmates to return and participate in Reunion events.

For More Information, Contact:

Howard University Division of University Advancement
Class Reunion Gift Coordinator
Christie Davis
2225 Georgia Avenue, Room 919
Washington, DC 20059
(202) 238-2546

The Family Fund

Family Fund is the University’s annual giving program for faculty, staff, and retirees. It has been vigorously supported thanks to the ongoing support of the Howard Family. Contributions to the Family Fund have a direct impact on the entire community by improving academic programs, funding undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships, enhancing existing programs, making capital improvements, and increasing library acquisitions.

A significant goal of the annual Faculty and Staff Campaign is to encourage donations and increase participation from our Family members. Since 1995, more than $5 million has been contributed by our Family. This is a tremendous achievement in which we take enormous pride. The success of the Family Fund is an expression of the collective confidence in the University.

Making a gift to the Howard Family Fund helps build a stronger institution for the entire community. Gifts of any size are greatly appreciated and make a significant impact when combined with thousands of others. Gift of property, or in-kind-gifts, are counted just like cash. When we receive your gift or $100 or more, you are automatically enrolled in one of our annual Donor Capstone Societies.

Increasing the Howard community participation in the Family Fund is vital to our success. Leaving a legacy at the University has also been important to many faculty and staff. Charitable estate planning is easily directed through the Family Fund with planned gifts such as bequests through Wills, life insurance gifts, gift annuities, remainder trusts, and real estate donations. Your gift is important to us. You may wish to pledge your support by using the online pledge form. Various methods of payments are available to you, simply choose payroll deduction, credit card or direct bill. If you wish to make a cash gift, attach your cash or check to the pledge form and mail to the Howard Annual Giving Office, 9th Floor Howard Center, Washington, DC 20059. The choice is yours. For additional information, please contact the Annual Giving Office at (202) 238-2441.

Annual Fund FAQs

What is the Annual Fund? 
This is a term used for the annual fundraising campaigns conducted by the Annual Giving Office Staff. Solicitations are made via the telephone, direct mail, and the internet.

Whom do you contact? 
Alumni (including non-degree-holding alumni) friends, parents, faculty, staff, and retirees.

Will I get a separate call from my college, school, or department? 
No. The TeleCenter contacts alumni from each college. You may always inform the student to direct your gift to a particular department or fund. In rare cases, you may also be contacted by a staff person from the University in connection with a special project. We encourage everyone to make a regular annual gift to Howard University. Your participation is important to us.

Where does the money go? 
To support academic programs exclusively: scholarships, graduate fellowships, library resources, computer upgrades, program enhancements, chairs, professorships, and research that directly benefit the faculty and students here on campus.

How much of my gift really goes where I want it to go?
100%. No donated money is used for salaries or administrative costs.

Why do you conduct a telephone campaign? 
A significant portion of Howard’s budget comes from federal allocations – the remainder must come from other sources, such as tuition and private gifts. We find that a quick friendly telephone call from a current student is a pleasant way for you to stay connected to the university, and for the student to be able to explain opportunities to support academic programs.

Where is the TeleCenter located? 
The sixth floor of the Howard Center and adjacent to the Howard University Book Store. This is a convenient location for our student callers.

Are you really a student at the University? 
Yes. We employ 25-30 students throughout the year. In some cases, a student may continue working part-time after graduation.

Is the student a volunteer? 
No. With over 60,000 alumni, plus parents and friends of the University to contact, this provides a wonderful opportunity for students to earn money for college, while gaining valuable office and communications experience

When do you call? 
Our normal hours of operation are Sunday thru Thursday evenings and occasionally on Saturday for special projects. We comply with all applicable state and federal regulations and do not call after 9 pm.

Why did I get called twice? 
Typically all alumni should only receive one call from the TeleCenter. Occasionally, you will receive a second call if both you and your spouse or significant other are alumni, or if you are a parent of a current student, or if your child is a graduate of Howard and still living at home according to our records.

Is my gift tax-deductible? 
Yes, 100%. Once we receive your gift, you will receive a receipt verifying that your gift has been deposited into the account you have specified.

May I use my credit card? 
Yes - once you receive your pledge card in the mail, you will see instructions for using your Visa, MasterCard and American Express.

Is this the Howard University Alumni Association? 
No. The Howard University Alumni Association seeks memberships from all graduates of Howard University. Annual membership dues are $25. These memberships are not charitable contributions and are not tax deductible. You may find more information about the Howard University Alumni Association at

Can I give to Bison Express through the TeleCenter center? 
Yes. We can take your Bison Express monies, but we encourage you to visit their website at

May I choose where I want my gift to go? 
Yes. While unrestricted funds are always needed, many alumni choose to designate a gift to any department, college, scholarship fund, or other academic program at the University.

Can I call you back? 
Our students only work part-time, in the evenings and on weekends, so it’s very difficult to reach the particular student who may have attempted to reach you. You may call our Annual Fund Office at 202-238-2441 with your questions or concern, Monday thru Friday 9:00a.m. until 5:00p.m. EST.

Will my company match my gift? 
Very possibly! Hundreds of national companies will match a gift by an employee. This can double or even triple your gift to the Howard University. Contact your Human Resources Office for details. Note: spouses of employees, retired employees, and board members are often eligible for the match as well.

How does this work, exactly, if I want to make a gift? 
It’s easy! Simply tell the student how much you would like to pledge. Then we will send you a letter of appreciation and a pledge card, with all pertinent details spelled out. An envelope will be provided for you to return your gift. It’s that simple!

Can you send me a blank pledge card?
Yes. We will be glad to send you a packet of information for you to peruse at your convenience. When you receive this packet, we hope we can count on your participation.