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The Stanford Humanities Center has a pivotal role to play in the world, but we must have the necessary funding to keep pace. Your investment will re-engage Stanford and the world in the common good of the humanities.

Making a multi-year pledge of 3-5 years for any of the gift opportunities below would be especially meaningful as we seek to expand our programs and share the work of humanities scholars with the world.

All gifts and pledges received during the previous fiscal year (2018-19), and all the way through 2020–21, will count toward our 40th anniversary initiative.

  • Top Funding Priorities

    Annual Fund (<$10,00)

    Unrestricted Annual Fund gifts help sustain programs not funded by endowments and facilitate strategic campus partnerships that benefit the wider community. Please consider making a multi-year pledge at any level.

    Director’s Fund ($10,000 and Above)

    Unrestricted contributions to the Director’s Fund enable the Humanities Center’s leadership to advance the most urgent needs and priorities of the Center. As members of the Director’s Circle, donors at this level help the Center to strengthen core programs, ensure ongoing vitality, and amplify the significance of the humanities on campus and beyond. Please consider making a multi-year pledge.

    International visitors ($25,000 per year)

    (There is a naming opportunity for multi-year pledges)

    Research workshop support ($45,000 per year)

    Career-launching fellowships for PhD students ($50,000 per year)

    External fellowships ($125,000 per year)

    (There is a naming opportunity for multi-year pledges)

    For more information, contact Susan Sebbard, Assistant Director, at or 650-723-3053.

  • Ways to Give

    Fulfilling the Center's mission would not be possible without the participation of friends and fellows. Your gifts to the Stanford Humanities Center sustain a community passionate about ideas and engaged in the fundamental task of understanding what it means to be human.

    Please keep in mind that there are many ways to support the Center, many of which do not involve making an immediate cash gift. For example, you might consider writing the Humanities Center into your estate plans, making a pledge, transferring stock, or donating an honorarium. We welcome gifts at all levels—every dollar counts!

    • Make a one-time or recurring gift online

      To make a one-time or recurring gift online, please visit:

    • Make a gift by check

      Checks should be made out to "Stanford University" and mailed to: Stanford Humanities Center, 424 Santa Teresa Street, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-4015.

    • Donate Your honorarium

      Fellows, former directors, workshop coordinators, Stanford humanities faculty, or anyone else wanting to support the Center, may designate fees received for giving lectures, reviewing manuscripts, serving on selection committees, etc., as a donation to the Center. For further information, please contact Susan Sebbard at or 650-723-3053.

    • Make a pledge

      A pledge is a formal statement of intention to make a gift in support of the Center. A pledge allows you to stage payments over time and complete the gift on the schedule that is best for you.

    • Transfer stock sales

      Transferring stock to the Center allows you to support the humanities while realizing tax benefits. A gift of appreciated stock is deductible from your income tax and you avoid the capital gains tax that would result from selling the stock.

    • Matching gifts

      Many employers match charitable gifts made by their employees. Find out if your employer matches charitable contributions, and ask them for a matching gift form to send in with your gift.

  • Planned Giving & Bequests

    Since its founding, the Stanford Humanities Center has built a community passionately engaged in the fundamental task of understanding what it means to be human. A bequest allows you to realize your philanthropic goals and guarantee the vitality of this dynamic community for future generations.

    The Center is grateful to those donors who invest in the Center's programs and people year after year. These annual gifts offer core support for the Center's mission and allow the Center to respond to emerging needs and priorities.

    If you have any questions about giving to the Humanities Center, please contact Assistant Director Susan Sebbard at 650.723.3053 or send an email to


    • What is a bequest?

      Simply put, a bequest is a gift from your estate. You can make a bequest in your will or living trust by designating an exact dollar amount or a percentage of your estate. Or you might consider naming the Stanford Humanities Center as a beneficiary in your retirement plan or life insurance policy.

      A bequest is free from federal estate taxes and income taxes. By planning now, you can designate your assets for charitable use and ensure that the Stanford Humanities Center continues to enrich our understanding of human history and cultures for generations to come.

    • What other planned giving options do I have?

      Life income gifts are another planned giving option that provide for you now and the Humanities Center later. They also offer significant tax advantages. Charitable remainder trusts, gift annuities, and pooled income funds, are some examples of such gifts.

      When you establish a life income gift, you irrevocably transfer cash, securities, or other property to Stanford. The university then manages the investment of the assets and pays an income to you or your beneficiaries for life. Thereafter, the remaining assets from your gift go to support the Stanford Humanities Center.

    • How do I make a bequest?

      Making a bequest to the Stanford Humanities Center is easy. You may create a new will or living trust, add a codicil to your present will, or amend your present trust instrument. To ensure that your exact intentions are implemented in harmony with the rest of your estate plan, estate planning documents should be prepared in consultation with your attorney.

      If you are planning a simple bequest to the Stanford Humanities Center, the following language can be used:

      I hereby give ______________ to THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE LELAND STANFORD JUNIOR UNIVERSITY, an educational institution. This gift shall be fully expendable and shall be used to support the Stanford Humanities Center.

    • Who do I contact about making a bequest?

      If you are planning a detailed bequest, or if you would like more information about your planned giving options, you may contact Susan Sebbard at 650.723.3053 or

      You can also contact Stanford's Office of Planned Giving directly at 800.227.8977, ext. 54358, or Stanford's team of planned giving experts can help you with everything from simple bequests to gifts of retirement plan assets, life insurance, real property, appreciated securities, and the complete range of life income gifts.

    • What are the benefits of making a bequest?

      • A bequest costs nothing now, but helps to secure the future of the Stanford Humanities Center.
      • A bequest is free from federal estate and income taxes.
      • A bequest allows you to retain control of your assets during your lifetime and modify your charitable designations should you so choose.
      • If you notify the Stanford Humanities Center or the university of your bequest, you will be included as a member in Stanford's Founding Grant Society. It would be our privilege to be able to thank and recognize you now.

Humanities Thoughts

“I do like to be in a room with very smart young people who are bringing me news…It keeps you lively. It keeps you on your toes.”
Zadie Smith,
2019 Presidential Lecture in the Humanities and Arts speaker