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Annual Giving

Support the Annual Fund

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 teach, discover and lead.

You are Vanderbilt

You can be proud of Vanderbilt and the role you play in its future. By making a gift, you help us offer exceptional opportunities for our current and future students, as well as our faculty and staff. Support for our annual fund provides current-use dollars for day-to-day resources in the classrooms, labs and living-learning residence halls. 

As an integral member of the Vanderbilt community, your gift, combined with those of other alumni and friends, allows the university to excel as a world-class institution. Together, with our outstanding students, faculty and staff, you are Vanderbilt.


Donor Recognition

Investments of all sizes are important and appreciated. When you give any amount for two consecutive fiscal years, you are counted in the Oak Leaf Society. The longer you give, the more enduring the impact of your support.

Oak Leaf Society levels:
Founder—2 to 9 years of consecutive giving
Ambassador—10 to 19 years of consecutive giving
Capstone—20 or more years of consecutive giving

Your annual gift of $2,500* or more entitles you to membership in a society of like-minded alumni and friends who share your philanthropic interest at Vanderbilt University.

Donor Society Giving Levels:
Cornelius Vanderbilt $25,000+
Dean's List/Circle $10,000 – $24,999
Benefactor $5,000 – $9,999
Member* $2,500 – $4,999

*Alumni who graduated within the last 10 years are eligible for recognition with an annual gift of $1,000 or more.


Learn More

Please click on one of the designation areas below to learn more about how annual gifts make a difference.