Frequently Asked Questions

What can I give to?

Gifts to ANY area of campus are always counted towards the alumni participation rate. Popular funds include SURF, Undergraduate Scholarships, Graduate Fellowships, House Endowments, Friends of Instrumental Music, the Associates and the most popular area – the Caltech Fund – which supports our areas of highest need on campus.

Do I have to give a lot?

The minimum amount to give is $1 and the minimum to give online is $5. We encourage donors to give an amount that is meaningful to them. The most common amount for alumni to give is $100.

How do I give?

Here is a list of ways to give.  We recommend you give online or give through PayPal.

How do gifts count toward Participation?

All new and renewing undergraduate and graduate alumni donors that have not made a gift during this fiscal year (October 1, 2016 – September 30, 2017).  are immediately counted as soon as they make a gift of any amount to any part of campus. Call us at 626.395.6323 or email if you have any questions. 

What if I already gave this year?

First of all, thank you! Encourage your fellow Techer friends to participate! You have already made your annual gift and been counted towards our alumni participation rate. We are grateful for the 2,598 undergraduate and 1,420 graduate alumni who have made a gift this fiscal year (October 1, 2016 – September 30, 2017).

Is alumni support important to students?

Yes! Students are incredibly grateful for your support and are even giving back themselves. In fact, 52% of seniors participated in senior gift campaign this year so that they can support students themselves. We think this quote sums it up:

“I hope that I have been able to be a positive influence in a lot of people’s lives, as many upperclassmen have been in mine. I hope to contribute a little bit to the activities that made my experiences here so special and I hope to make them possible for future Techers.”


See more about the senior gift campaign in our video.

more questions?

Contact the Caltech Fund team at 626.395.6323 or


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