Frequently Asked Questions



The RSLP has never asked for alumni to give financially before this.  What’s up? Is something wrong with  the program’s funding?

Absolutely not.  Through Julian Robertson’s continued generosity, the RSLP is fortunate to be on firm financial footing.  The #PayItForward Campaign is a chance for alumni to demonstrate their continued commitment to the RSLP and to co-invest with Julian in the RSLP’s mission of raising up transformational leaders committed to the RSLP’s values of purposeful leadership, intellectual curiosity, strength of character, and collaborative spirit.

When I give to the #PayItForward Campaign, where does my money go?

Your money enriches the definitive Robertson experiences for future scholars—things like the first-year NOLS retreat, the Community Summer, Dinners for Eight with faculty and alumni, the Senior Capstone, and the list goes on.  With your ongoing financial support and continued input, these experiences will continue to grow and push current and future scholars to expand their horizons and meet their potential.

What’s the best way to give to the #PayItForward Campaign?

The best and easiest way to give is to set up a recurring monthly gift right through the Robertson website.  This will allow the RSLP to have a continuous stream of support to fund ongoing programming needs.

I’d love to support the RSLP, but the budget is already pretty tight—is there a minimum gift?

The #PayItForward Campaign isn’t just about money.  It’s about reconnecting alumni with the mission of the RSLP and figuring out ways to give your time, talent, and treasure to shape the future generations of Robertson Scholars.  There’s no minimum gift, but we’re encouraging every alum to pledge just $10/month to support the RSLP—about the cost of a Netflix subscription or a cup of coffee each week.

Are gifts to the RSLP through the #PayItForward Campaign tax-deductible?

Yes!  So giving $10/month is even cheaper than Netflix.

What are other ways I can #PayItForward with the RSLP in addition to giving?

We’re glad you asked.  The RSLP is always looking for alumni to mentor current scholars, to coordinate regular alumni activities, and to support annual programs like Robertson Reconnect and the Senior Capstone.  If you’re interested in any or all of these, shoot a quick email to Stephanie Keller at and she’ll get you set up.

Is this an ongoing campaign/one-time thing?

Our ultimate goal is to create a culture of giving here within the Robertson Program. Therefore, this is not a one-time campaign. Right now, we are specifically asking for gift or pledges that will be complete prior to December 31, 2018. However, we are hopeful that Alumni will give on an ongoing basis, as they feel led.

Is there any new programming that #PayItForward may support?

Check out the Program Timeline here – so many parts of the Program that we enjoyed, but also quite a few things have been added – Sophomore Retreat and the Rethink Program, for example! Additionally, year after year the number of Dinners for 8 that Scholars host (and the Program pays for) is increasing. Similarly, the demand for LEAD grants (funding for conferences and seminars) has seen a huge surge in recent years. #PayItForward will support all of these!