The newly established Oak Leaf Society recognizes committed donors whose annual gifts serve as the foundation for Vanderbilt's growth. Gifts of any amount, to any area of Vanderbilt, given for two or more consecutive fiscal years count toward Oak Leaf Society participation, and are greatly appreciated.
Various durations of loyalty are recognized—from Founder participants who are just starting a tradition of giving annually to Capstone participants who have shown commitment to Vanderbilt through annual giving for 20 years or more. Participation is sustained as long as gifts are made to Vanderbilt every fiscal year (July 1 to June 30) without interruption.
Each year more than 26,000 Vanderbilt alumni, parents, friends and community members demonstrate loyalty to Vanderbilt by renewing their annual gifts.
Participation in the Oak Leaf Society signifies being part of a special community of donors dedicated to shaping the future of Vanderbilt. It's a community making a difference every area of Vanderbilt—from informed and creative teaching, student scholarships, cutting-edge research, patient care, and service to the community and society at large.
Regardless of the area you support each year, or how much you choose to give, the impact of your gifts is powerful. Collectively, annual gifts influence Vanderbilt's ability to meet new opportunities and emerging needs while also honoring the timeless tradition of giving to Vanderbilt.
In addition to honoring your support, the Oak Leaf Society provides a means for loyal donors to become further engaged with Vanderbilt as volunteers. Many volunteer opportunities are available to participants. A list can be found by visiting giving.vanderbilt.edu/oakleafsociety/volunteerengagement.php.
How to Become a Participant
When you give any amount to any area of Vanderbilt for two fiscal years in a row, you will be recognized for your generosity by the Oak Leaf Society. In order to sustain participation and achieve new recognition levels, simply make a gift every fiscal year without interruption.
The Oak Leaf Society is a vital community of Vanderbilt supporters, and the university is proud to acknowledge participants at the following qualifying 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
Vanderbilt is extremely grateful for the commitment Oak Leaf Society participants make each and every year. Recognition of loyal donors includes:
- Oak Leaf Society participant card
- Oak Leaf Society window decal
- Donor impact report
- Special certificates of achievement upon reaching five years of consecutive giving and every fifth year of consecutive giving thereafter
Participation is sustained as long as a gift is made to Vanderbilt every fiscal year (July 1 to June 30) without interruption. You can give to any school, the medical center, athletics, research or any other area that interests you. Participants who miss a fiscal year of giving to Vanderbilt have the opportunity to rejoin the Oak Leaf Society through "buying back" giving years that were missed and resuming annual giving. Years may be bought back at a rate of $25 per year.
Will you help shape the future of Vanderbilt by making your annual gift today?
You can also learn more about participation in the Oak Leaf Society by contacting the Office of Annual Giving at (800) 288-0028 or email@example.com.
What is the Oak Leaf Society?
The Oak Leaf Society is a university-wide donor society that recognizes donors who have demonstrated their loyalty by giving any amount, to any area at Vanderbilt, for two or more consecutive fiscal years.
What is the date range of Vanderbilt’s fiscal year?
Vanderbilt’s fiscal year begins on July 1 and ends on June 30.
How do you become a member of the Oak Leaf Society?
Donors who give any amount, to any area of Vanderbilt for two fiscal years in a row, are considered members of the Oak Leaf Society. To sustain participation, donors must simply make a gift every fiscal year without interruption.
Is this society only for Vanderbilt alumni?
No. The Oak Leaf Society recognizes all Vanderbilt donors who give for two or more consecutive fiscal years.
Do donors need to give a certain amount every year to be in the Oak Leaf Society?
No. Gifts of any amount count toward Oak Leaf Society participation.
Do donors need to designate their gifts to a certain area to qualify for Oak Leaf Society participation?
No. Gifts to any area of the university, including the Medical Center, count toward Oak Leaf Society participation.
What are the recognition levels of the Oak Leaf Society?
Founder – 2 to 9 fiscal years of consecutive giving
Ambassador – 10 to 19 fiscal years of consecutive giving
Capstone – 20 or more fiscal years of consecutive giving
Will donors be given credit for giving years prior to 2012 when the Oak Leaf Society was launched?
Yes. Our donor database keeps track of past giving years, and donors will be recognized for those years. For example, if you have been giving to Vanderbilt every year since 1990, you will be recognized as a Capstone level participant in the Oak Leaf Society and honored for 23 years of consecutive giving.
What is the buyback program?
Participants who miss a fiscal year of giving to Vanderbilt have the opportunity to join the Oak Leaf Society or expand their participation by “buying back” giving years that were missed and resuming annual giving. Years may be bought back at a rate of $25 per year.
Is there a limit to the number of years I can buy back?
Currently our systems are set up to process buybacks going back to fiscal year 2007, but if you would like to buy back additional years, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Gift Processing Office at (615) 322-2979.
Can I buy back giving years online?
Currently, we are not set up to process buyback gifts online. Please contact the Gift Processing Office at (615) 322-2979.
If I’m in the Oak Leaf Society, can I still be in other Vanderbilt donor societies?
Yes. You can be in multiple donor societies at the same time.
How do I learn more about volunteer opportunities at Vanderbilt?
Please visit giving.vanderbilt.edu/oakleafsociety/volunteerengagement.php for a list of volunteer opportunities.