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The Stanford Fund Partnership Program


The Partnership Program is a unique arrangement between The Stanford Fund, Office of Student Engagement and hundreds of Stanford's undergraduate student groups. Its purpose is to enhance undergraduate student life and ensure students have the support they need to pursue their passions, give back, and develop new skills. This program is designed to supplement other on-campus funding in lieu of students fundraising externally.
Every year, alumni, parents, and friends of the University provide close to $600,000 for student-lead groups by donating through The Stanford Fund. Student groups that participate in the Partnership Program are eligible to receive this funding, while also connecting with donors and learning how to run a donor-supported organization or non-profit.


  • Eligibility.  Recognized organizations interested in applying should be strong undergraduate organizations that support undergraduate life. Orgs already in the Partnership this year are eligible to apply for funding next year, provided they have made sufficient progress in completing their stewardship commitments. Groups that fail to steward TSF expectations or who fail to follow university policy and guidelines for off-campus fundraising could lose access to the TSF program for a period of time.
  • Required Orientation. All organizations wishing to apply to the Partnership must send at least one representative (preferably two) to a required small group session each round. Even orgs who have previously attended the orientation must re-attend; no exceptions or extensions will be given for this requirement. These small group sessions have been designed this year so that we can better explain the process to you.
  • When to Apply?  The prime funding period is the spring preceding the next academic year. All funding for the next academic year (fall, winter and spring) should be requested in the Spring application. A modest fall round is available for unanticipated program needs but preference is given to applications submitted in the spring.
  • When are Funds Received? All financial awards are transferred into your ASSU account at the beginning of the academic year even though an organization's stewardship typically continues throughout the year.  We expect that your org will fulfill its stewardship commitment in a timely basis.
  • How do I Steward My Group's Funds? Orgs accepted into the Partnership program must create a stewardship fulfillment plan in partnership with Stanford Fund staff each spring.  This process allows you to select what type of activities and timeframe are best for your group to be a successful steward of our alumni donors. TSF staff will use this plan as a reference to check your progress throughout the year.

Fall 2020 TSF Application Timeline (funding for 2020-2021 academic year)

  • (Step 1) Online Workshops: Sign up for a workshop here. Dates for workshops are:
    • Tuesday, October 6th: 5:00 - 6:00pm PST
    • Thursday, October 8th: 10:00am - 11:00am PST
    • Wednesday, October 14th: 1:00 - 2:00pm PST
  • (Step 2) You will not be required to attend 1:1 meetings with OSE Interns but can always ask questions in virtual Zoom drop-in hours: First check the calendar for hours and then click on this Zoom:; password: 351599 to meet with them virtually.
  • (Step 3) Application Deadline: Sunday, October 18 by 11:59pm PST (application is accessed through GrantEd once steps 1 & 2 are complete).
  • Notifications: Sent out Monday, November 2 by 5:00pm PST
  • (Step 4) Stewardship meetings: Tuesday, November 3 - Friday, November 13

Spring 2021 TSF Application Timeline TBA (funding for 2021-2022 academic year)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How much funding is awarded each year?

The Partnership gives out close to $600,000 to eligible student orgs every year. The overwhelming majority of those funds are given out in the Spring application cycle. When possible, a smaller application cycle is administered each Fall to allow newer groups to join the partnership, but the amounts given out are much smaller.

How can I use my allocated TSF funds?

Orgs can use their funds as approved in thier application. If you are not sure what has been approved, contact OSE for information about your group's TSF activity. For additional assistance contact an OSE Intern.  Any proposed uses of old funds must meet the TSF policies and received prior approval by OSE.

Please see criteria for TSF Partnership Funding for more specific information. 

What if I would like to change the use of our allocated TSF funds?

Your TSF funds should be used for the purpose designated in your original application and as approved by OSE.  If you would like to use your funds for other purposes, please contact OSE

How do I make my stewardship plan?

You'll meet with TSF Staff in the weeks following the decision of the allocation of funding.  They are the best resource for anything stewardship related. 

Contact Information

  • For information regarding TSF awards, the application process, orientation sessions, budgets, and proposed changes for awards, please contact the OSE program administators Zayna Seyedi and Aaron Grayson at
  • For information regarding Stewardship planning/fulfillment, TSF fun facts, advice, and moral support, please contact Siedah Morrish ( at the Office of Development

COVID-19 Update

Due to COVID-19, TSF program administrators are currently accepting funding allocation modifications. Please contact with the details below:

  • What organization is this for?
  • What line item(s) do you want to modify?
  • Why are you requesting this modification?
  • Please include the amount and exactly what line. (Line item options can be found here, under category A and B, in bold)