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Strong Foundations: A Foundation for Philanthropy

Thanks to the generosity of the Vanderbilt community, the university's fundraising and financial outlook remains vibrant.

The university has built a strong foundation from which it continues investing for the future through scholarship support, graduate education and faculty fellowships. The generosity of alumni, faculty, staff, students and other donors has made each of these opportunities viable and laid the groundwork for many future generations of further growth and success.

View the 2018-19 Vanderbilt Donor List.

Philanthropic Spirit

Amount Raised


Amount raised
FY 2018-19



Raised at the 2018 Reunion

Alumni Events


Donors in 2018-19


MORE THAN 8,200 members of the VU community gave $9.4 million on Giving Day 2019, an increase of more than $3 million compared to last year.

Scholarship and Student Support

Vanderbilt celebrated new milestones in 2018-19, in terms of both generous giving and the visionary support it has provided to students, faculty, staff and campus facilities.

10th anniversary

of Opportunity Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt celebrated 10 years of Opportunity Vanderbilt,
a milestone in the transformation of the university’s philanthropic efforts.


25th anniversary

Ingram Scholarship Program


$25 Million

gift from the Lee and Ramona Bass Foundation to establish the Bass Military Scholars Program


$12.75 Million

gift from former Vanderbilt Board of Trust chairman Mark Dalton, JD'75, and his family to support the Law and Business program at Vanderbilt Law School


$10 Million

gift from Jennifer R. Frist, BS'93, and husband William R. "Billy" Frist to endow the Frist Center for Autism and Innovation in the School of Engineering