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Giving to Vanderbilt

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As a Vanderbilt supporter, you have the opportunity to join the Oak Leaf Society, which recognizes donor loyalty to Vanderbilt.  Oak Leaf members number more than 30,000 and make up a special community of donors with deep roots and strong commitment. Your investments are making a sustained difference across the university—from informed and creative teaching, student scholarships, cutting-edge research, and service to the community and society at large.

Participation

Whether you are new to the Oak Leaf Society or have been a part of the Vanderbilt donor community for years, maintaining your membership is easy. When you give 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! Just follow these three simple steps. 

Giving

Vanderbilt is proud to acknowledge participants at the following 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

Recognition

Vanderbilt is grateful for the commitment Oak Leaf Society participants make each and every year. Recognition of loyal donors includes:

  • Oak Leaf Society member card
  • Oak Leaf Society window decal
  • Personalized address labels
  • Special gifts upon reaching five years of consecutive giving and every five-year giving milestone thereafter
  • Access to the Vanderbilt Discount Program (Abenity), which offers discounts from thousands of national retailers
    Click on the link below to take advantage of the benefits offered through the program.

Frequently Asked Questions


Give Today

Will you help shape the future of Vanderbilt by making your annual gift today?

You can learn more about participation in the Oak Leaf Society by contacting the Office of Annual Giving at (800) 288-0028 or oakleafsociety@vanderbilt.edu.


  • “My father was in graduate school at Vanderbilt when I was born. My husband and I met while we were students at Vanderbilt. Our three sons are all Vanderbilt graduates, and we have one grandson who is a graduate. We appreciate the opportunity to be able to give back to an institution that has given so much to our family.”

    Cornelia Carter Sundermann, BSN’50
    Loyal Vanderbilt supporter for more than 20 years


  • “I value the education I received at Vanderbilt because it helped me to broaden my perspectives, experiences and self-image. I’ve never been able to give large gifts, but as an ordinary alumnus, it is important for me to give back to Vanderbilt every year, partially repaying those whose past gifts made my education possible.”

    William Russell Young, BA’56
    Loyal Vanderbilt supporter for more than 20 years


  • “I loved my four years at Vanderbilt and know they wouldn’t have been possible without the help and generosity of others. I think it’s very important to pay that generosity forward every year so that today’s students might enjoy the same experience I did.”

    John R. Markham III, BA’01
    Loyal Vanderbilt supporter since 2004


  • “My time at Vanderbilt was pivotal in molding who I am today. I am so grateful for all the opportunities that Vanderbilt provided. I believe that giving back is an essential component to each of our lives. No matter who we are, philanthropy transcends all cultures and barriers. I give because I know that it is making a difference.”

    Alice Byrne, BS’07
    Loyal Vanderbilt supporter since 2008


  • “I give to Vanderbilt because the experience shaped my character and who I am today. From fond memories with friends and faculty to eventual job opportunities that came forth based on being a Vanderbilt graduate, I'm constantly reminded of how fortunate I am to have gone there and will forever feel indebted.”

    Sarah McGlamery, BS’03
    Loyal Vanderbilt supporter since 2006


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Ways to Give

Every Gift Makes a Vital Difference.

  • arrow Online

    To make your gift online, use our secure online gift form.

    Vanderbilt accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit cards.

  • arrow Telephone

    To make a gift by telephone,
    call 1-866-882-FUND (3863).

  • arrow Mail

    To mail your gift, print our giving form to include with your check, credit card payment or money order.

    Mail your gift to:
    Office of Annual Giving
    PMB 407727
    2301 Vanderbilt Place
    Nashville, TN 37240-7727

  • arrow Electronic Bank Draft

    To set up an electronic bank draft,
    call 1-866-882-FUND (3863) or use our printable electronic bank draft form.

  • arrow Stocks and Securities

    To request information on transferring gifts of stocks and securities click here.

    Please email or call (615) 875-1155
    with any questions.

  • arrow Planned Gifts

    Learn more about planned giving opportunities here.

  • arrow Matching Gifts

    Many employers have matching gift programs that could double or even triple your gift.

    Learn more about matching gifts here
    or call 1-866-882-FUND (3863).

  • arrow Donor Advised Fund

    If you have a donor advised fund, DAF Direct enables you to recommend grants to Vanderbilt University, directly from your DAF (as long as your DAF's sponsoring organization is participating). Learn more here.


Why I Give

Tell why you give to Vanderbilt.

  • “We give to Vanderbilt because of the extraordinary experience it is giving our son. A phenomenal education, outstanding professors, lifelong friendships and a desire to give back to his community. We couldn't ask for more. We look forward to our son being able to give back to Vanderbilt...forever.”

    –Immy Mullin, Current Vanderbilt parent

  • “Vanderbilt gave me so much—an education, friends, work experience, mentors and lifelong memories. Attending Vanderbilt may not have been a reality for me and many of my peers without the generosity of alumni who gave back. I give so others can experience an amazing university that's there to support student development with every resource possible. I give so that Vanderbilt can continue to provide quality education to diverse populations with unique and meaningful perspectives. I give so that Vanderbilt continues to train and develop leaders who will positively impact and shape our world. Vanderbilt gave me so much, now it's my turn.”

    –Nick Hall, BS’13

  • “I’m blessed to have a healthy daughter and healthy granddaughter. I can’t image the struggles families go through with sick children. Nashville is so fortunate to have a hospital like Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, and it’s my pleasure to give whenever I can afford to do so. No matter how small my donation is, I feel certain Vanderbilt is putting the money to good use.”

    –Karen Hickox, Supporter of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

  • “As the parent of a student who was blessed to attend Vanderbilt, I feel that it is my family's responsibility to give back. I give back for several reasons. First, while attending Vanderbilt, my daughter received a quality education, both in and out of the classroom. Next, it is my hope that by putting something back, someone else will be able to receive the same quality education. Finally, it is my way of saying, ‘thanks’.”

    -Leadrester Granger, Parent of Vanderbilt alumna

  • “I value the education I received at Vanderbilt as both an undergraduate and graduate student. I have always loved my university and have supported it as I could throughout the years. The friendships, the fun at sports events, the sorority activities, and alumni events are a cherished part of my life. Thanks so much!”

    -Bonnie Seay, BA’66, MA’80

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