Volunteer Timeline

Throughout the year

  • Forward monthly update from Jeanette Nichols, Assistant Director of Annual Giving, to all alumni at your firm.
  • Attend alumni receptions and events in region of your choice.
  • Invite alumni to volunteer through a variety of law school programs.
  • Consider scheduling an event at your firm with the law school. Contact the Office of Development to discuss dates and coordinate the visit at lawdev@sandiego.edu or (619) 260-4692.

March-May: Targeted Fundraising Period

  • Provide an up-to-date list of USD School of Law alumni at your firm to lawdev@sandiego.edu. We will make sure all gifts from alumni at your firm count towards your firm's progress.
  • Send solicitation letter to alumni with fundraising goals, gift reply cards and a list of reasons why their gift matters (reply cards provided by Law School External Relations).
  • Send monthly emails to alumni with the online giving link and progress (e.g. "6 out of 10 alumni have given thus far").
  • Talk to alumni about making a gift. Law School staff can provide follow up calls at your request.
  • Encourage donations during the law school's Big Give campaign and attend the Big Give Bash celebration.


  • Make a last chance appeal to reach your participation and giving goals. An email with a quick link to the USD donation website allows alumni a very easy way to make a gift. Encourage alumni to "please contribute at whatever level is comfortable to show your support of USD and to help the firm reach 100% participation."
  • June 30: Final day of the Law Firm Challenge. Gifts received between July 1 and June 30 of the current academic year will be counted towards your participation and giving goals.


  • Law Firm Challenge results finalized and announced.