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Giving to Vanderbilt

Rise to the Parent Challenge today!

parent challenge logoUnrestricted 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, 2014, an anonymous parent donor will make an additional $200,000 gift to Vanderbilt University.

If accomplished, this unprecedented achievement will result in an almost 10 percent increase in parent participation from the previous fiscal year.

Parents of seniors—be sure your child has contributed to the Senior Class Fund, as the Class of 2014 is hoping to set a Vanderbilt record for the highest-ever giving participation rate. Plus, if both you and your child make a gift of any size before graduation, your child will receive a special token of appreciation!

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.

  • “I am a parent of a freshman who has had an incredible first semester at Vanderbilt. She has done extremely well in and out of the classroom and has already made some strong friendships. She raves about her professors, the courses she is in, and how well the school acclimates the first-year students into the school. This has been all we could have asked for in a college for our daughter. We believe in supporting our children's schools to ensure that all students have the opportunities now and in the future.”

    –Kelly Walker, Current Parent

  • “I give because Vanderbilt has given my daughter the opportunity to attend such a prestigious institution. I hope to be able to give more in the future.”

    –Gilbert Payne, Current Parent

  • “Our son was admitted last year and received financial aid. It means so much to us to be able to send him to such a great school. We do not have extra money to give, but we know that every bit counts and we want to be a part of something great. I know that sometimes the percentage of people willing to contribute is more important than the amount they can give. I hope that our contribution may be matched or may just inspire people who have more to give as well. We wanted Vanderbilt to know that we care!”

    –Beverly Wildasin, Current Parent

  • “We have seen our son benefit from Vanderbilt as an institution and want to make sure that others who are not so fortunate have an opportunity for their children.”

    -Dr. Surendra Jain, Current Parent