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Vanderbilt Office of Annual Giving

Giving to the Annual Fund at Vanderbilt


Each year Vanderbilt relies on gifts to the Annual Fund from alumni, parents and friends to meet the immediate needs of our schools and programs. These gifts play a tremendous role in our ability to lead, discover and teach.

What is an annual fund gift?

Annual fund gifts are unrestricted contributions of any size, to any area of the Annual Fund, that are made on a yearly basis. These gifts are used to meet the immediate, day-to-day needs of our schools and programs.

Why are gifts needed every year?

Each academic year, our schools and programs have new needs that require support. Endowment gifts are earmarked for a specific use, while annual fund gifts provide funds that can be used by deans and administrators to address the most immediate needs and opportunities. Annual fund gifts sustain the Vanderbilt we know and love on a day-to-day basis and provide the foundation for future success.

What impact do annual fund gifts have?

Gifts of all sizes, to areas across Vanderbilt, combine to make a large impact and allow us to do things such as:

  • Diversify our student body by allowing students the chance to come to Vanderbilt and fulfill their lifelong dreams with scholarship support
  • Create new knowledge through innovative technologies and scientific discovery through funding for research and scientific leaders
  • Expand opportunities for students by investment in enhanced learning opportunities and living learning communities

What areas make up the Annual Fund?

Please consider making an unrestricted gift to one of these Annual Fund designations today.

Blair School of Music
College of Arts and Science
Divinity School
Jean and Alexander Heard Library
Owen Graduate School of Management
Peabody College of education and human development
School of Engineering
School of Medicine
School of Nursing
Vanderbilt Kennedy Center
Vanderbilt Law School


Contact a member of the Office of Annual Giving today by emailing or calling (866) 882-3863.