» Alumni Giving Opportunities

Amazing things happen every day at Chapman University.  Our campus continues to grow, our students and faculty are thriving and Chapman alumni are taking their places as leaders in businesses and communities around the world. The involvement and generosity of alumni plays a central role in the 150 year tradition of excellence at Chapman University. Your philanthropic support helps to ensure that future generations of Panthers are given the same incredible opportunities for learning and personal growth that you enjoyed during your time as a student.

Chapman University is also committed to increasing alumni participation since many foundations contribute to colleges and universities based on the percentage of alumni who give to the institution. The percentage also factors into Chapman’s impressive rise in the U.S. News and World Report college rankings.  The higher Chapman rises in the rankings, the more valuable your degree becomes.

Read on to find out about some of the many ways alumni can make an impact through charitable giving to Chapman University.

+ - Chapman Fund

The Chapman Fund is the cornerstone that sustains the incredible forward motion and discovery that happens every day at Chapman University.  Every student, faculty member and corner of campus benefits from the Chapman Fund. It is truly our most powerful tool in unlocking Chapman’s potential.

Alumni gifts to the Chapman Fund keep the university’s extraordinary vision moving forward by supporting four important areas: 

  • Scholarships
  • Faculty Excellence
  • Student Enrichment
  • Emerging Opportunities 

Click here to support the Chapman Fund, or contact the Annual Giving team for more information at (714) 628-2834 or annualgiving@chapman.edu

+ - Alumni Legacy

Alumni who make a gift to the Chapman Fund are recognized on a donor wall alongside the names of your classmates in the newly built James L. and Lynn P. Doti Hall. Alumni are encouraged to join the legacy of giving with a leadership gift of $1,000 which can be spread over 5 years. This gift plays a key role in ensuring opportunities and resources to sustain and enhance the unique Chapman experience.

Learn more about the Alumni Legacy Tribute Wall »

+ - Alumni Scholarship Fund

Alumni are an important part of the Chapman Family. The alumni network encompasses more than 40,000 undergraduate and graduate alumni from around the globe. Because they know the university best, alumni are a vital part of the campus community and serve an important role in Chapman’s continued success and rise in prominence.

Collectively, alumni have an opportunity to make a powerful difference in the lives of students by giving to the Alumni Scholarship Fund. 100% of all gifts to the Alumni Scholarship Fund (which is a part of the Chapman Fund) support both merit- and need-based scholarships for Chapman’s best, brightest and most deserving students.

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Alumni, you know first-hand the impact that scholarships make on the lives of Chapman students. Think about your time at Chapman and all the opportunities you were given to grow, learn and succeed. A gift to the Alumni Scholarship Fund will help current students get the same incredible Chapman experience that you enjoyed.  Your gift will truly help to shape lives.

Support the Alumni Scholarship Fund today »

+ - Elliott Alumni House Campaign

You can be recognized as a Founding Donor of Elliott Alumni House for as little as $25 a month and naming opportunities are available for individual rooms. To learn more about giving options and donor recognition, contact David B. Moore at (714) 516-4590 or legacy@chapman.edu.

Make a gift online to the Elliott Alumni House today »

+ - Reunion Class Gift

Chapman gave you some of the best years of your life, filled with cherished memories and life-long friendships. Now help shape the lives of other students by making a gift in honor of your 5-Year, 10-Year, 25-Year or 50-Year Reunion!

Make a gift online to honor your class reunion today »

+ - Payroll Deductions for Alumni Faculty and Staff

Alumni faculty and staff play a vital role in putting Chapman’s mission of personalized education into action.  In addition to the time and talent they already contribute as members of Chapman’s staff and faculty, these alumni offer a unique and valuable perspective and their philanthropic support makes a bold statement about their strong commitment to this institution.  

Chapman University faculty and staff can make charitable contributions to the university through a convenient payroll deduction form.  Click here to fill out the Gift Payroll Deduction Form to arrange a one-time gift or monthly payroll.  Return the completed form to the Gift Recorder in University Advancement via intercampus mail. If you have any questions regarding the payroll deduction form, contact the gift recorder at (714) 997-6526 or giving@chapman.edu.

+ - Legacy Planning

Legacy planning allows you to make charitable gifts to Chapman University now or after your lifetime while enjoying financial benefits for yourself. 

Legacy gifts are sometimes referred to as "stop-and-think" gifts because they require some planning and, often, help from your professional advisors. Unlike cash donations, they are typically made from assets in your estate rather than disposable income, and come to fruition after your lifetime. The most common legacy gift is a bequest in your will or living trust. Other legacy gifts include charitable gift annuity, charitable remainder trust, charitable lead trust, endowment fund, retirement plan assets, life insurance policies, and remainder interest in your home. 

Visit the Legacy Planning website to learn more about how you can leave your legacy at Chapman and be sure to check out the Donor Stories to learn about how your fellow alumni are using legacy planning to make a powerful impact at Chapman. Please let us know if you have included Chapman University for a legacy gift so that we can induct you as a member of the Charles C. Chapman Heritage Society. Your commitment will inspire others to make similar gifts.

For more information, contact the Office of Legacy Planning at (714) 516-4590 or legacy@chapman.edu.

+ - Other Areas to Support

While we’ve listed a few areas where alumni generosity has an especially big impact, you can choose to support any campus need or priority that is meaningful you.  

Learn about the many areas of campus to which you can direct your support here »

+ - Other Ways to Give

Learn about more ways to give to Chapman here, including:

Matching Gifts

With matching gifts you can sometimes double or even triple your gift! Find out if your employer among the thousands that are Matching Gift Companies? You may be able to double or even triple the amount of your gift. 


Make a gift by transferring stocks or bonds to Chapman and you may receive valuable tax benefits. 

Gifts In-Kind

Donations such as art, books, performance videos, music, furnishings, equipment, technology and more are considered gifts-in-kind. 


Chapman accepts gifts of real estate or property that comply with university policies.

Electronic Fund Transfer

Electronic Fund Transfers (EFT) offer the convenience of transferring a gift directly to Chapman from a checking or savings account, on a one-time or recurring basis.  

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