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Vanderbilt University

Celebrating the impact of giving at Vanderbilt

A special message from the chancellor

Dear alumni and friends,

Thank you for your generosity to Vanderbilt University. Your annual support provides a foundation of excellence upon which we continue to build a strong, innovative and diverse university.

I invite you to explore this website to learn more about the people like you who make up our community of support, and how your partnership creates endless possibilities for Vanderbilt students, faculty and staff.

Your philanthropic spirit is an inspiring force that helps lead the university across new thresholds. Today, Vanderbilt is one of the most dynamic and relevant higher education institutions in the world. Your support helps create a Vanderbilt that is even better in its educational excellence and in the opportunities and service it provides for tomorrow.


Nicholas S. Zeppos


Our people are our greatest strength. From the students, faculty and staff who call Vanderbilt’s campus home to our alumni and friends around the world, we are a community of scholars, innovators, collaborators and philanthropists—all committed to building a better Vanderbilt. Together, we are pursuing excellence in education, discovery and service.

“It is out of a grateful heart that I give in the hope that others might do the same as a way of paying it forward. I feel extremely blessed to be a part of the Vanderbilt family.”

–Jeff Williams, EMBA’11


Thanks to you, the possibilities we are able to provide to our students, faculty and staff are endless. The collective impact of your gifts is tremendous and evident in every area of our campus. You help provide talented undergraduate and professional students life-changing scholarship support, opening doors to a wealth of opportunities. You provide resources for classrooms and labs that translate into groundbreaking discoveries that positively affect people across the globe. You inspire service and leadership, funding experiences for our students that drive them to become change agents.

“As a recent graduate, I am realizing more and more how much Vanderbilt gave me over the past 4 years. Vanderbilt has made me a better student, friend, leader, daughter, and overall person. I am so incredibly thankful for the many opportunities I had at Vanderbilt. It is for these reasons, that I give back to the university. I hope that my contributions support the impact that Vanderbilt can have on the lives of its students and allow many, many more students to experience the transformative power of a Vanderbilt education.”

–Ali Von Deylen, BA’16


You are a partner in advancing our mission. You walk alongside us as we educate the next generation of scholars and leaders, and find solutions to the latest challenges facing our society. Today’s problems are too complex to be solved by one person alone, no matter their brilliance. Solving today’s challenges and educating tomorrow’s leaders depends on partnership among our campus community and generous supporters like you.

“The university has given my family, three generations of us, opportunities for growth and development. I had just a fantastic experience as a student there, and in many ways what little I’ve accomplished is due to my learning at Vandy, to the wonderful professors who inspired me, and to the good times with classmates that gave me confidence to continue my journey.”

-Bernard Rowan III, BA’86