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Giving to Vanderbilt

The Sarratt Society at Vanderbilt University

Recognizing those who invest in Vanderbilt through planned giving

Planned Giving Content:


Vanderbilt University
Office of Planned Giving
PMB 407756
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37240-7756
Ph: (615) 343-3113
Toll free: (888) 758-1999

Sarratt Society

To recognize those who understand the important legacy a planned gift creates, Vanderbilt established the Sarratt Society. The generosity and vision of planned giving donors helps sustain Vanderbilt’s standing as a world-class teaching and research university, creating new opportunities for our faculty and students to serve and advancing excellence across campus.

Planned gifts, such as bequests or those that provide income for life, may benefit particular schools, departments or special purposes such as scholarships, endowed faculty chairs or any other area of the university. No minimum gift amount is required for membership. Currently, the Sarratt Society includes more than 1,000 members who support areas across Vanderbilt.

Named for Dean Madison Sarratt, the society reflects his commitment to and enduring support of Vanderbilt. For almost 62 years, Sarratt invested heart, mind and soul in Vanderbilt University and its students. During his later years at Vanderbilt, Sarratt was fond of reminding students and others that the university would outlast them, stressing that “what you do for Vanderbilt will live on and on.”

Recognition includes:

  • A Vanderbilt Sarratt Society lapel pin
  • A Sarratt Society-exclusive calendar, mailed every year
  • Mailed issues of our planned giving newsletter, Legacy
  • Invitations to special events on the Vanderbilt campus

Our Sarratt Society members regularly communicate with Assistant Director of Planned Giving Stewardship Amanda Chiavini at (615) 875-8679 with any questions about planned giving or Vanderbilt University.

Please contact our office with any questions. We would be delighted to talk with you about how you can join the Sarratt Society today!

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

  • “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