Stanford and Communities
Founded by Leland and Jane Stanford as a memorial to their only son, Stanford is affectionately known as “The Farm.”
Supporting the Community
Since the university opened in 1891, Stanford has engaged with communities near its campus and beyond, and our commitment to improving where we live, work, learn, and play remains undiminished. When the region thrives, Stanford thrives.
The university draws its inspiration from Stanford’s Founding Grant and the people and programs that comprise the university’s network of community engagement efforts. The scale and urgency of mutual issues have further underscored our shared future. In listening to our neighbors and working across the region and beyond, our goal is to sustain communities for future generations.
For information on Stanford’s renaming committees and their work.