Support David Geffen School of Drama
When you make a contribution to David Geffen School of Drama, you invest directly in the School and our students. Each and every gift makes a difference.
If you would like to discuss any of the below options in detail, contact Deborah Berman, Director of Development and Alumni Affairs, 203.432.2890.
Gifts to the Drama Alumni Fund provide crucial support for financial aid. Alumni Fund gifts moderate the cost of tuition, maintain need-blind admissions, and support student life. A more affordable YSD helps us bring the most talented students to New Haven. It also ensures that they graduate with less debt so that they can make the creative and adventurous choices that will result in a bright future for the American theater.
We invite you to join fellow alumni, family, and friends in becoming a member of David Geffen School of Drama Legacy Partners by naming Yale Rep or David Geffen School of Drama as a beneficiary of your will or trust, life income gift, IRA or other retirement plan, life insurance policy, or other planned gift. Such gifts offer tax advantages while allowing you to make generous philanthropic contributions, and ensure the School remains vital and innovative for years to come.
To ensure that its students can afford to pursue their art after graduation, David Geffen School of Drama seeks endowments to support financial aid. Currently, 86 percent of our enrolled students receive financial aid in the form of work-study, loans, and scholarships. The average combined debt for our students from their undergraduate and graduate education, however, is still more than $42,000, a significant amount in a field where wages can be uncertain. New endowed scholarships will help reduce our students’ debt load and allow the School to maintain its preeminence by enrolling the most talented theater artists regardless of financial need.
With a gift of $50,000 or more, you can establish a named scholarship fund, invested in perpetuity within the Yale endowment, to provide vital support to drama students. With a gift of $250,000 or more, you may choose to designate a preference for the students your fellowship will support, such as those from a specific geographic area or discipline.