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Giving to Vanderbilt

Rise to the Parent Challenge today!

2016 ChallengeUnrestricted gifts of any size, from parents to their child's school or to a university organization or program, play a significant role in ensuring school deans have the resources available to provide students with the best undergraduate experience possible both in and out of the classroom.

Now more than ever, parent participation is important.

If 3,000 parents make a gift at any level prior to June 30, 2016, anonymous parent donors will make an additional $100,000 gift to Vanderbilt University.

Parents of seniors—be sure your child has contributed to the Senior Class Fund, as the Class of 2016 is hoping to set a Vanderbilt record for the highest-ever giving participation rate. 

Ways to make a gift

Participating in the Parent Challenge is easy! Simply make a gift of any size, to any area of Vanderbilt, today. Here are three simple ways to make your gift.

  • Online
    Vanderbilt's online giving site is a safe, secure and convenient way to make a gift via debit or credit card any time. Give online.
  • By phone
    Call our Gift Processing Office at (615) 322-2979 or (800) 288-0082 (toll-free).
  • By mail
    To make a gift by mail, complete and return this gift form with your check.

The impact of your gifts

Philanthropy makes it possible for us to seek excellence in every aspect of the student experience. Here are just some of the ways your gifts are being put to work:

  • The labs in the School of Engineering are equipped with the latest tools and technology, which allow students to explore solutions for real-world problems such as cyber security and heart disease.
  • College of Arts and Science students are taught by faculty who are Guggenheim Fellows as well those who have been selected for membership in elite organizations such as the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Science.
  • Blair School of Music is able to buy instruments and recording equipment for students and to invite world-renowned guest artists to teach master classes.
  • At Peabody, students are encouraged to participate in first-class programs designed to develop and hone their leadership skills, which students use to become service leaders in communities around the globe.
  • All students have the opportunity to enhance their undergraduate experience by residing in living-learning communities that bring students and faculty together to explore ideas outside the classroom.

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Why I Give

Tell why you give to Vanderbilt.

  • "When you send a child off to college, thousands of miles from home, as parents you can only hope that things work out for the best. In the first year, Vanderbilt has already exceeded all of our wildest expectations in terms of the quality of the education, student life and the overall experience. We are thrilled to be able to give back now when we have already received so much in return. Thank you Vanderbilt!"

    —Steve M., Current Parent

  • "I give because I believe in paying it forward and because Vanderbilt has been great for my daughter (class of 2017). Being a student at Vanderbilt has been a great experience for her in so many ways. She is proud to be a Vanderbilt student and I am proud to be a Vanderbilt parent!"

    —Christen R., Current Parent

  • "The education and guidance provided at Vanderbilt allowed my daughter to beat the odds. She learned the value of philanthropy, to use her success to help others. I am forever indebted to Vanderbilt University for our magnificent experience."

    —Janet D., Past Parent

  • "We feel like we were partners with Vanderbilt in our son's future: We gave him roots; Vanderbilt gave him wings! We laid a foundation of curiosity, discipline and values that were encouraged and upheld at Vanderbilt. With pride in his achievements and gratitude for the Vanderbilt 'family' he'll have forever, we support the future goals of the University."

    — Susan D., Past Parent

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