We did it! As a member of the young alumni community, I am proud to announce that we successfully rose to the GOLD Challenge3 and secured the $100,000 challenge gift to Opportunity Vanderbilt. Thank you for making a gift this fiscal year.
In addition to being an alumna, I have the privilege of working at our alma mater and seeing firsthand all the ways our gifts are going to work. I’ve sat in front of students who’ve told me that an Opportunity Vanderbilt scholarship literally changed their lives. It’s such a joy to listen to them talk about their accomplishments and their aspirations and to know that as a young alumna, I’ve played a small part in them realizing their dreams. And you have, too. Thanks to the success of the GOLD Challenge for the third consecutive year, young alumni like us have helped to raise a total of $300,000 in challenge gifts to fund Opportunity Vanderbilt scholarships since 2013.
On behalf of all of my colleagues here at Vanderbilt and the students we serve, thank you again. Students of all backgrounds are excelling in the classroom, making discoveries in research labs, winning championships on athletic fields and serving communities across the globe because of your support.
Nicole Floyd Smith, BA’07
Director of Communications
Development and Alumni Relations
Are you up for the GOLD Challenge? Make a gift today.
Participating in the GOLD Challenge3 is easy! Simply make a gift of any size, to any area of Vanderbilt, today. Your participation in annual giving each year is more important than the size of your gift. Here are three simple ways to make your gift.
Vanderbilt's online giving site is a safe, secure and convenient way to make a gift via debit or credit card any time—even right now. Give online
Call our Gift Processing Office at (615) 322-2979
or 1 (800) 288-0082 (toll-free).
To make a gift by mail, complete and return this gift form with your check.
To set up a monthly credit card deduction, please contact Sandra Robinson at email@example.com or (615) 343-2807.
Already made your GOLD Challenge3 gift? Thank you! You can stay involved with the challenge in the following ways.
You’ve already risen to the challenge. Make sure your friends do too! Click here to send them a special email challenging them to join you in helping secure $100,000 for Vanderbilt.
Be a social media ambassador for the GOLD Challenge3 by downloading and posting one or more of our custom social media images to the right and below. Spread the word to your friends on social media using the #vugold hashtag, and be sure to like and share posts from Vanderbilt Alumni’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds.
The GOLD class agent program is a group of enthusiastic volunteers with a genuine interest in the vitality of Vanderbilt's mission. Class agents are leaders encouraging alumni participation and philanthropic support among graduates of the last decade. If you'd like to help encourage your former classmates to participate in initiatives like the GOLD Challenge3, sign up to be a GOLD class agent today.
Already made your gift this fiscal year? Thank you! Let us know what motivates you to give back to Vanderbilt by visiting Why I Give or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We may feature your response on this website or in other Vanderbilt communication efforts. We can't wait to read your story!
No matter where you make your gift, it makes a difference by sustaining the Vanderbilt we love and are so proud of. Your annual gift—joined with the power of thousands of others—allows the university to continually improve the undergraduate experience by funding things such as:
The $100,000 challenge gift will support Opportunity Vanderbilt, one of the university’s highest philanthropic priorities. Through this initiative, Vanderbilt is one of only a handful of universities across the nation that has boldly replaced all need-based undergraduate student loans with scholarship and grant assistance.
The $100,000 gift will help create scholarships for current and future Vanderbilt students. Learn more about how Opportunity Vanderbilt works by watching the video below.