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Frequently Asked Questions

The FAQs below provide general information on giving-related questions that may arise as a result of the Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center separation (effective April 30, 2016).

We are here to help donors navigate this transition and ensure that this process is as seamless as possible. Need more information on giving as it relates to the separation? Please email stewardship@vanderbilt.edu or call (615) 343-6196.


Why are Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center becoming two distinct financial entities?

Fundamental changes in U.S. health care economics drive the need for this structural adjustment. As VUMC continues to grow in excellence, it must adopt management structures and practices that enhance its ability to act nimbly and independently in a rapidly changing health care environment. By adapting, we can ensure that Vanderbilt University and VUMC not only continue, but also enhance their extraordinary service to the world and care of our patients.

This announcement explains more about the reasoning behind the separation.


Will Vanderbilt University tell me if I need to make a giving decision or update as a result of the separation?

In many cases, no changes to giving habits are necessary. However, if your giving falls into the categories below, you have received communication or can expect to hear from Vanderbilt about your philanthropy as it relates to the separation:

  • Make gifts via stock
  • Make gifts via wire
  • Support both VU and VUMC through one gift
  • Have unallocated gifts
  • Have an open pledge to VUMC
  • Have a recurring bank draft or credit card payment in support of VUMC
  • Have a charitable gift annuity or charitable remainder unitrust with purposes that will ultimately be fulfilledy by VUMC
  • Certain employees with payroll deductions (i.e.—VU employees whose payroll deduction supports VUMC; VUMC employees whose payroll deduction supports VU)

What entities fall under Vanderbilt University? What about Vanderbilt University Medical Center?

An overview is provided below, and a full listing of units in each area can be found here. For additional information, please email ­­­­­­­­­­stewardship@vanderbilt.edu.

Vanderbilt University

  • Athletics
  • All ten schools: College of Arts and Science, Blair School of Music, Divinity School, School of Engineering, Graduate School, Law School, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, Owen Graduate School of Management, Peabody College of Education and Human Development
  • Vanderbilt University will play a greater role in supporting the M.D. and Ph.D. granting programs of the School of Medicine, its basic science programs, as well as the academic programs in the School of Nursing.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

  • VUMC will support all facilities and programs providing health care, including all campus hospitals (Vanderbilt University Hospital, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital, and Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital), The Vanderbilt Clinics, and all off-campus clinical programs and facilities.
  • VUMC will continue to fully support research and educational activities of the School of Medicine clinical departments, Graduate Medical Education (residencies and fellowships), and clinically related centers and institutes.

If I want to make a gift to Vanderbilt University or to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, what should I do?

Please visit giving.vanderbilt.edu/ways-to-give to learn about various options for making a gift to Vanderbilt University. To support VUMC, please visit VanderbiltHealth.com/giving. Thank you for your support!


If I support both Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center, do I need to change the way I make my gifts?

Going forward, donors will need to make separate gifts to Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. In the past, one check or one credit card transaction could support both; however, because the institutions are now financially distinct, donors who wish to support both Vanderbilt and VUMC will need to make separate gifts to each institution.


If I support an existing endowment, should I expect changes as a result of this separation?

All existing endowed funds as of the legal separation date will continue to be managed by the university and will continue to impact the area of donor designation. Established endowments that support medical center purposes will continue to fund areas at VUMC through a granting process. If a donor to an established endowment housed at Vanderbilt—but benefiting a VUMC purpose—wishes to provide additional endowment support, the donor will be able to establish a new endowment at VUMC.


If I wish to support Vanderbilt University Medical Center through endowment, who should I contact?

Please contact Chris Collins, assistant vice chancellor of development, at (615) 875-2670 or christopher.j.collins@vanderbilt.edu.


If I give through stock, should I take action now?

Donors supporting Vanderbilt or Vanderbilt University Medical Center through stock gifts will receive new instructions about transfer authorizations and brokerage accounts for each entityin May.


If I am an employee with a payroll deduction, what should I do to ensure my giving continues?

As stated in April letters, employees with payroll deductions need to make changes to in the following instances:

  • You are a Vanderbilt University employee with a payroll deduction supporting VUMC. To make changes to your payroll deduction, please contact Gift and Donor Services at (615) 322-2979.
  • You are a VUMC employee with a payroll deduction supporting Vanderbilt University. To make changes, please contact Gift and Donor Services at (615) 322-2979.

In general, Vanderbilt employees who wish to support VUMC and VUMC employees who wish to support Vanderbilt will need to make gifts outside of payroll deduction. Payroll deduction options will only support the institution where the donor is employed.


Vanderbilt let me know that my contact in Development and Alumni Relations has changed. I can’t remember who my new contact is – where should I begin?

Please email stewardship@vanderbilt.edu  or call (615) 343-6196 and a representative from Development and Alumni Relations will connect you with the appropriate contact at Vanderbilt University or Vanderbilt University Medical Center.


I have some specific questions to ask about my giving as a result of the separation. Where should I direct those questions?

Please email stewardship@vanderbilt.edu  or call (615) 343-6196 and a representative from Development and Alumni Relations will connect you with the appropriate contact at Vanderbilt University or Vanderbilt University Medical Center.