Giving to Stanford Athletics

Dear Stanford Athletics fans, alumni, and donors,

When you give to Stanford Athletics, you invest in nearly 900 student-athletes and the next generation of leaders.

Stanford student-athletes come to the Farm so they can compete at the highest levels in their discipline, without sacrificing their academic pursuits and growth as leaders in their community. The student-athlete experience we provide on the Farm is truly unique; however, it is not possible without philanthropic support. Stanford Athletics donors give the gift of an experience and education that can truly transform the lives and opportunities for student-athletes. 

Outlined below are various giving opportunities you can support that will directly impact student-athletes and our 36 varsity programs, fueling the Stanford Athletics tradition of excellence and championship culture. Thank you for supporting the Cardinal and making Stanford the Home of Champions! 


Adam Schneberger | Executive Associate Athletics Director, Development

Giving Opportunities

Gifts of any amount to the Buck/Cardinal Club directly impact all student-athletes by funding critical resources including scholarships, sports performance, sports medicine, team travel, recruitment, nutrition, sports psychology and academic advising. You can also direct your annual gift to a Sport Improvement Fund, which are expendable funds for each of the 36 varsity sport programs, and impact a specific sport by helping offset costs towards the team’s operating budget.


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Athletics Director's Circle (ADC)

The Athletics Director’s Circle (ADC) is a new philanthropic annual giving society for leadership level support of Cardinal student-athletes. The importance of expendable support in the evolving landscape of collegiate athletics helps provide the flexibility needed to meet the most pressing needs of our student-athletes. Joining the Athletics Director’s Circle requires a commitment of $250,000 or more over a five-year period. Only as an ADC member will you receive invitations to exclusive events, insider access to coaches, programs, and experiences sponsored by the athletics department. If you are interested in more information or joining the Athletics Director’s Circle, please contact Danny Berardini at

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In the increasingly competitive world of intercollegiate sports, state-of-the-art facilities are necessary to attract prospective student-athletes and for current student-athletes to maintain their competitive edge. We currently offer multiple opportunities to support capital projects, including renovations to Maples Pavilion and a complete upgraded rebuild of tennis and softball facilities. Please reach out to Nikol Frisch at to learn more about the latest projects and ways to support.

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Stanford Athletics Legacy Circle

The Stanford Athletics Legacy Circle (SALC) is a distinguished society honoring all individuals for sharing their legacy through making a planned gift to benefit future generations of Cardinal student-athletes. You become a SALC Member when you include a gift in your will, trust, retirement plan, or other planned giving options benefitting Stanford Athletics. SALC members are recognized concurrently by the University's Founding Grant Society. If you are interested in more information about the Stanford Athletics Legacy Circle, please contact Dominic Urrutia at



Gifts can be made online to the Buck/Cardinal Club, or any of our 36 varsity programs’ expendable or endowed funds.




Please call the Stanford Athletics development office at 650-721-2410 to make your gift over the phone.



Payable to Stanford University (be sure to note in the memo line if your gift is for the Buck/Cardinal Club or a specific sport). Checks may be mailed or hand-delivered to the following address: Stanford University Arrillaga Family Sports Center ATTN: Buck/Cardinal Club 641 East Campus Drive Stanford, CA 94305-6150.


Electronic Fund Transfers

Stanford University is able to accept gifts to Stanford Athletics via electronic fund transfer payments.




For additional assistance, contact the Stanford Management Company at (650) 721-1917. Please be sure to direct your gift to the Buck/Cardinal Club or a specific sport.



Reunion Giving

Gifts to Stanford Athletics, including Buck/Cardinal Club, sport-specific gifts, and establishing an athletics endowment fund count toward undergraduate reunion class giving totals, whether they are one-time gifts or a multi-year pledge.



Stanford Athletics accepts pledges for both annual and major gifts up to five years. For more information about making a pledge to Stanford Athletics, please contact a member of the athletic development staff by calling (650) 721-2410.


Matching Gifts

Many corporations will match the contributions their employees make to charitable organizations. Please be sure to let us know if your company has a matching gift program.



Foundations and Donor-Advised Funds

Gifts to Stanford Athletics generally can be made from private foundations and donor advised funds. However, we suggest you consult with your tax advisor regarding gifts from private foundations and donor advised funds that qualify the donor to purchase priority seating for any Stanford Athletics event. Federal tax rules governing private foundations and donor advised funds may prohibit and/or deny deductions for gifts that actually benefit the donor or certain related parties.

Giving - Elise Evans - Testimonials

“The student-athlete experience at Stanford is not just about striving for the next level of success on the field, but preparing for a career off the field as well. A Stanford education makes an impact on your life while on campus as well as for decades to come.

Stanford Athletics donors have made it possible for me and my teammates to push ourselves both in the classroom and on the field without having to sacrifice either one. For as long as I can remember, I dreamed of one day wearing the Stanford jersey. Now that I am, I will never take it for granted and will continue working hard to make a difference. We want to be at our best, to represent our team, our program, and the Stanford Athletics family. We hope to make you proud!”


Elise Evans '26, Women's Soccer

Contact Us

Mailing Address

Stanford University Arrillaga Family Sports Center ATTN: Buck/Cardinal Club 641 East Campus Drive Stanford, CA 94305-6150