Give for Impact
In 2022, DCI alumni and friends launched the Plan to Secure the Future of DCI initiative with the goal of bringing the community together to support this unique and special program and the communities it serves. Just as Fellows transition to new life stages, the program underwent important transitions in 2022 – welcoming new leadership and becoming even more fully integrated into the Stanford community. The funds raised for the Plan to Secure the Future will allow us to honor the program’s founders, including our Founding Faculty Director, Phil Pizzo and inaugural Research Director, Iris Litt, while creating a sustainable pathway forward for continued improvement and impact.
We are incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support from the DCI community, which allowed this initiative to be so successful – providing funds for strategic program initiatives, including scholarships for diverse applicants, funding for innovative programs and research, and support for leadership via a Faculty Directorship fund. Over 76% of alumni and Fellows contributed to this effort within its inaugural year, further demonstrating the incredible commitment, enthusiasm, and generosity of this community.
We look forward to working with you to ensure that DCI continues to provide unique opportunities for Fellows to discover, collaborate, and contribute for years to come!
Give to DCI
This fund will provide ongoing funding, through a 10-year expendable endowment, for the recruitment and retention of a Faculty Director with a record of superior scholarly accomplishment, as well as experience building
relationships and forging partnerships across the University community. The Faculty Director will continue to play a leading role in the strategic direction of DCI, including program design and expansion, and collaboration with faculty and University partners. The Faculty Director also serves as an ambassador for DCI to the University community and beyond, and plays an important role in building relationships and identifying areas for partnership on strategic University initiatives. This fund will allow us to recruit and retain future faculty leaders who are passionate about the program and can continue to expand and enrich DCI’s contributions to Stanford and beyond.
This fund will provide financial support for salary/stipend to sustain the DCI Faculty Director position for up to 10-years.
Research & Innovation
This expendable fund will enable the new Faculty Director and DCI team to continue to pursue innovations to extend the DCI concept to new areas and demographics across the Stanford ecosystem and beyond. New educational
models and the changing nature of work have dramatically expanded opportunities as well as the demand for transitional and working-learner programs, in the U.S. and abroad. As a founding member of the Nexel Collaborative, Stanford has played a leading role in sharing information and best practices for mid-life transition programs with institutions from community colleges to large public universities across the globe. This fund will support ongoing outreach and research, as well as the development of data and case studies regarding the benefits to individuals, institutions, and societies provided by these types of programs.
As program needs and interests evolve, this fund will allow the new Faculty Director and team to pursue new areas of research, fund additional partnerships with Stanford Centers and Institutes, support new
avenues for intergenerational learning, and enhance opportunities for alumni and community engagement more broadly.
The DCI IDEAL Fund, launched in Fall 2021, builds on the work of the 2015 Class to enhance the diversity of DCI. This account provides expendable funds aligned with the goals of Stanford to provide an inclusive, diverse,
equitable and accessible learning environment (IDEAL) within the Distinguished Careers Institute (DCI). Distributions from the Fund will provide financial support to DCI Fellows to cover their program fees and other academic, cultural and extra-curricular expenses associated with participation in the program. These funds will allow DCI to recruit and attract diverse candidates through scholarships and stipends, as needed. Preference will be given to candidates who enhance the diversity of the program consistent with the goals of Stanford’s IDEAL initiative.
The DCI General Fund provides expendable funds for use by DCI leadership to support ongoing operations and program improvement. These funds can be used for events such as the Community Celebration and dinners for
Fellows and alumni, community engagement opportunities, guest speakers, curriculum development or other program needs, including staffing. Funds from this account will be allocated to the areas of highest need and priority, as determined by DCI and campus leadership
Thank you to our donors to DCI’s Plan to Secure the Future
Amy and David Abrams
Andrew Adelson and Marla Adelson Berns
Susan and Kurt Alexander
Maria Amundson and Elliot Krane
Kenneth and Patricia August
Katherine August-deWilde and David deWilde
Scott and Sandy Baker
Wolney and Adriana Betiol
Raj and Rashmi Bhargava
Mike and Kathleen Bracco
Sindy Braun and Colleen Morris
Mario Bravo and Brandel France de Bravo
Jeffrey and Deborah Byron
Susan and Nicholas Carter
Susie and Robert Case
Richard Chow and Jane Su
Mark and Laura Clapper
Katie and Tim Connor
J. Taylor and Suzanne Crandall
Tammy and William Crown
Cynthia Cwik and Frederic Martin
Gregory Davidson and Helen Wilmot
Deborah Dean and Francis Tracy
John and Catherine Debs
Laura di Bonaventura and Frits Dirk van Paasschen
Marcelo Do Rio Faria
Michael Dorsey and Susan Ford Dorsey
Mimi Dunne and John Keene
Joseph Dworetzky and Amy Banse
Le Roy and Lindsay Eakin
Charles and Melissa Froland
Michael Goldberg and Ashley Hayward Goldberg
Richard and Linda Goldberg
Steve and Jane Goodall
The Mimi and Peter Haas Fund
Christopher Harte and Katherine Pope
M. Roch Hillenbrand
Jason Hoffs and Jessica Tuchinsky
Lofton Holder and Mary Pearl
Anne and John Holloway
George and Leslie Hume
The Innovations for Impact Fund
M. Carl Johnson and Susan Johnson
Pradeep Jotwani and Ranjana Advani
Tarun Jotwani and Anne Makepeace
Perry and Melanie Karsen
Charles and Roberta Katz
Ronald Katz and Elizabeth Roth
Anne Kenner and Jim Scopa
Bill and Lesley King
Jere and Bernard King
Eric and Susan Klein
Jodee and Nick Kozlak
Sanjeev and Poonam Kumar
Paul and Susan Kumleben
Jill and Barry Lafer
Kimberly Laughton and Steve Maupin
Steve and Lori Leveen
Zahavah Levine and Jeff Meyer
Lev and Galina Leytes
Chris and Constance Li
Gui and Luciana Lins
Sydney and Thomas Macy
Janet and Thomas McKinley
Craig and Julie McNamara
The John P. and Anne Welsh McNulty Foundation
John and Amy Mendez
Karin Meyer and John Woodfill
John and Daryl Lillie
Michael and Jordan Murray
Ronjon Nag and Sally-Ann Rudd
Robert Negrin and Bonnie Goodman
Mark Nelson and Margrit Benton
Ernest and Kim Parizeau
Anju and Abhijit Patwardhan
David and Kathy Payne
Andy and Andrea Phillipps
Lisa Pieper and Robert Garland
John David and Nelle Placek
The Pritzker Traubert Foundation
Robert Rebitzer and Jacqueline Schneider
Herb Riband and Jeanine Thomas Riband
Jim and Jennifer Rymarcsuk
Tom Sadler and Eila Skinner
Stuart Schonberger and Carmen DiCinque
Carol and Eric Schrader
Thomas and Sandra Schreier
Ilana Shumsky and Kevin Shea
Deborah and Rob Siegel
Karen Sipprell and Harland Irvin
Elliot and Donna Slade
Stephanie Smith and Carol Anderson
Ned and Carol Spieker
Ann Stanton and Robert Haddock
Isaac and Madeline Stein
Michael and Debra Takagawa
Sarah Tobocman and Howard Landau
Johannes van Alebeek
Marsha Vande Berg
Katie Vogelheim and John Hansen
James and Nancy Wetrich
Howard Wollner and Barbara Van Wollner
Nora and John Wu
Rodrigo and Patricia Xavier
Randi Zeller and Bill Meehan
Tammi Zhu and Scott Chou
We also thank those donors who have requested to remain Anonymous
Please feel free to reach out to Katie Connor, as well as any of our outstanding DCI volunteers with questions about the Plan to Secure the Future of DCI and how you can help. We are also fortunate to have Howie Pearson and Leslie Strate from Stanford’s Office of Development, supporting our team and available to help.
DCI Community Leadership Team
- Mike Dorsey, Co-Chair (DCI’18)
- Charles Froland, Co-Chair (DCI’18)
- MJ Elmore (DCI’15)
- Carl Johnson (DCI’17)
- Barry Lafer (DCI’18/19)
- Ned Spieker (DCI’16)
DCI Class Representatives
- 2015: Sue Carter, MJ Elmore
- 2016: David Gensler, Anne Kenner
- 2017: Carl Johnson, Anne McNulty
- 2018: Mike Dorsey, Charles Froland
- 2018/2019: Laura Peterson, Ernie Parizeau
- 2019: Janet McKinley, Tarun Jotwani
- 2020: Sindy Braun, Lofton Holder
- 2021: Julie Nordstrom, Rob Rebitzer
- 2017: Anju Patwardan, Singapore
- 2018: Maïté Arango, Spain, and Rodrigo Xavier, Brazil
- 2018/19: Herb Riband, Switzerland
- 2019: Andy Phillipps, UK
- 2020: Gui Lins, Switzerland
How do I give?
Gifts can be given via the link on the DCI website, found in the top right of each page, Make a Gift to Stanford | Make a Gift.
For gifts not given directly to a DCI Fund through the website, you will need to include the specific Fund Name and/or Fund Account Designation listed above in order to direct your gift to the correct fund.
Instructions regarding how to make a gift – via stock, wire transfer, or other means, such as a Donor Advised Fund – can be found here: How to Make a Gift | Giving to Stanford.
Are donations tax deductible?
All gifts to Stanford University, including to DCI, are tax-deductible gifts to a non-profit institution in the U.S. Stanford’s Tax ID # is 94-1156365.
All donors will receive a gift acknowledgment email from Stanford for tax purposes.
How do I give via check?
If your DAF sponsor is sending a check, please note “DCI FUND NAME, Attention, Leslie Strate” in the reference line, along with a cover letter including your names as the DAF advisors recommending the grant, and mail to: Stanford University, P.O. Box 20466, Stanford, CA 94309-0466
DCI Fund names are as follows:
- Faculty Directorship: GEJGC
- Research and Innovation: GEJGB
- IDEAL Scholarship: GEJEY
- General Fund: GABIA
If you or your DAF sponsor have questions or need additional assistance, please call 866-543-0243 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions specifically about the DCI Funds please contact Leslie Strate at email@example.com.
Can I remain anonymous?
Donors can select to be anonymous or have their names listed on the DCI website or other Stanford or DCI materials at the time you donate.
Can I donate in honor of someone?
Donors can designate their gift “In Honor of” or “In Memory of” someone in the designated area on the giving site.