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The Stanford Fund Partnership Program

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The purpose of the Partnership Program 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 having students fundraise externally - and educate students about the power of community.

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The Partnership Program is made possible by The Stanford Fund. Alumni, parents, and friends of the university make gifts through The Stanford Fund to make a difference in the lives of Stanford students. The fund expands access and opportunity by providing support for financial aid, undergraduate academics, community resources, and student-led organizations.

The Partnership Program administers and distributes Stanford Fund resources to student groups in collaboration with the Office of Student Engagement (OSE). OSE oversees funding applications and provides access to funds. The Stanford Fund works with clubs once they have received their funding, connecting them with donor communities through various volunteer opportunities.

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  • Eligibility.  Student organizations interested in applying should be registered with the Office of Student Engagement and support undergraduate life. Organizations already participating in the Partnership Program this year are eligible to reapply for funding next year.
  • Program Expectations. Organizations that receive funding through the Partnership Program will be presented with various engagement opportunities in which they can participate over the course of the academic year. Each club will be expected to participate regardless of the amount of funding received.
  • Application. Student groups complete an application for funding to OSE through GrantEd. The prime funding period is usually the spring preceding the next academic year. All funding for the next academic year (fall, winter, and spring) should be requested on the application. A modest amount of funding is available in the fall, but preference is given to applications submitted in the earlier cycle. All financial awards are transferred into ASSU accounts at the beginning of the academic year even though organizations' volunteer engagement typically takes place throughout the year. 
  • Required Training and Orientation. All organizations wishing to apply to the Partnership Program must have their financial officer complete the STARS training module prior to applying. Following approval, organizations should send at least one representative (preferably two) to the required orientation held each funding round. Even organizations that have previously attended the orientation must attend; no exceptions or extensions will be given. These orientation sessions have been designed so that we can thoroughly explain the process to you. 

Contact Information

  • There are two departments that work together to administer the Partnership Program:
    • The Office of Student Engagement is responsible for managing the financial side of the program, such as helping organizations develop their budgets, notifying organizations of their Stanford Fund awards, and approving proposed changes to awards. Questions can be directed to
    • The Stanford Fund is responsible for educating organizations about the power of community, engaging organizations in volunteer opportunities, and connecting organizations with various Stanford communities. Questions can be directed to the Partnership Program Coordinator at Students can reach out to the Partnership Program Coordinator to learn about volunteer opportunities or hear some fun facts about The Stanford Fund.
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The Stanford Fund Partnership Program Criteria

Should my organization apply?

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The Stanford Fund Partnership Program Application Process

Here you can view deadlines as well as application steps. 

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The Stanford Fund Partnership Program FAQ

Explore frequently asked questions regarding the Stanford Fund Partnership Program.