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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 Funds are 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 will 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.
  • Join the "The Stanford Fund Partnership" portal on CardinalSync. From here you will gain access to the application once you participate in the small group session. We will also use this portal to give you critical information.

Fall 2019 TSF Application Timeline (funding for Winter/Spring 2020) 

  • (First Step) Workshops: Week 3. Listed on CardinalSync. You must sign-up and attend to get credit. Folks who attend the workshop will be given access to GrantEd. 
  • (Second Step) 1:1 Meetings: Weeks 4 first half of week 5 but only AFTER you attend a workshop. Required to move forward with your application. These will be 15 minute meetings. Drop in to OSE Peer Advisor office hours.
  • (Third Step) Application: Due on Wednesday, October 23 11:59 pm  (middle of Week 5)
  • Notifications: Sent out by 5:00 pm on Friday, November 8 (end of  Week 7)
  • (Fourth Step) Stewardship meetings: Wee 8- Week 10

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 look for your TSF information accessed from your group's CardinalSync profile. For additional assistance contact one of OSE's Peer Advisors.  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 email Ankita Rakhe with a clear, detailed proposal for a change and an explanation of why you cannot meet he original application use.

How do I make my stewardship plan?

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

Contact Information

  • Ankita Rakhe (OSE): TSF awards, application, orientation sessions, budgets and proposed changes for awards
  • Mariam Alamshahi (TSF): Stewardship planning/fulfillment, TSF fun facts, advice, and moral support