Virginia Tech's alumni, friends, parents, faculty, and staff make annual gifts to the university that support our mission of discovering and sharing knowledge. These gifts fund scholarships, enhancements to campus, laboratory equipment, recreational activities, and other initiatives and programs. By advancing our institution in all areas, philanthropy makes it possible not only to instruct and enlighten our students, but to inspire them to make a positive impact on the world. Below are a few examples of how annual gifts fuel progress at Virginia Tech.
An extraordinary environment for education
Donations help secure a dynamic, world-class faculty, support innovative programs that prepare individuals to excel in a complex and changing environment, and create an extraordinary educational environment that emphasizes active learning.
Personal growth and global partnerships
Philanthropy fuels progress. Programs supported by donors touch lives on campus, throughout the nation, and around the world. Virginia Tech is committed to creating, conveying, and applying knowledge to expand personal growth, advance community development, and improve the quality of life. Gifts support initiatives that offer valuable educational experiences, enrich professional opportunities, and create unique partnerships within a global community.
A combined impact of tremendous power
Every gift, no matter the size, makes a difference. When combined, the impact is almost immeasurable. Your gift to Virginia Tech creates a legacy of opportunity, provides for educational excellence, and helps invent the future.
Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) … these words embody the founding principles and spirit of the Virginia Tech community. The strong levels of service, support, and participation we receive each year from our loyal contributors provides a solid foundation for Virginia Tech—one we can build on with confidence as we move into the future.
Annual gifts of any size from our alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends are essential ingredients in supporting Virginia Tech’s mission of the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge; enriching the lives of our students and faculty through scholarships, campus enhancements, lab equipment, recreational activities, and countless other areas.
Virginia Tech ranked 27th among national public universities in U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges 2015." Virginia Tech has also been recognized as being an excellent value in higher education and for making an impact on communities around the globe with our research.
These achievements, along with countless other academic-based programs and initiatives, simply would not be possible without your support.
Please consider making your annual gift in support of Virginia Tech today.
Advanced Degree Fund
The quality graduate-level education available at Virginia Tech would not be possible without the efforts of a large and committed community. This community includes students, faculty, staff, and administrators, but it also includes Virginia Tech’s friends and alumni whose generous financial support helps make so many things possible.
You can join this distinguished group of individuals by contributing to the Virginia Tech Advanced Degree Fund. Your gift to the fund will be equally divided between your academic college and the graduate school, ensuring that all of Virginia Tech’s graduate programs will continue to excel.
The Advanced Degree Fund helps to provide financial resources for attracting and retaining the best graduate students available. Many students benefit from scholarships and fellowships and our faculty benefit from donor support of research and facilities. Furthermore, private support makes it possible to recruit and retain the elite faculty members that are vital to the educational experience at Virginia Tech.
College Annual Fund
The College Annual Fund provides an opportunity to make a gift directly to each of Virginia Tech's nine colleges and many university programs. Donors may choose to make an unrestricted gift within a college that will allow it the flexibility to fund exciting new initiatives as they arise, or they may make a gift directly to a particular program or department within a college.
Regardless of how gifts are designated, alumni and friends can be assured that all gifts directly benefit today's students and will impact new generations of Virginia Tech students for years to come.
Click here for more information about your college or program of interest.
Hokie Parents Fund
The Hokie Parents Fund is a special giving program for parents of current and former students. Gifts to the Hokie Parents Fund don't just improve campus life; they also increase the overall quality of a Virginia Tech education. Parents, past and present, have played a vital role in enriching the quality of life for Virginia Tech students through this initiative.
The Hokie Parents Fund has been instrumental in providing resources to Virginia Tech for 31 years. This philanthropic support allows the administration to make investments in campus programs and facilities vital to campus life that would not otherwise be possible.
Some of the programs that have been supported by the Hokie Parents Fund include:
- The Visitor and Undergraduate Admissions Center
- Educational Enhancements: classroom and laboratory equipment and books for the library
- Campus Safety: emergency phones throughout campus, additional lighting for recreational areas, and improvements in health services
- Career Services: recruitment and job fairs for that important transition to a career
- Recreational Activities: Parents Day family weekend, student breaks during exams, and intramural sports
- The Common Book Project: a way for new students to share a common learning experience
The Faculty/Staff Campaign benefits many areas of the university through the generosity of Virginia Tech employees. The flagship program of the Faculty/Staff Campaign is the Staff/Faculty Dependent and Spouse Scholarship Fund, which provides partial tuition support to employees' spouses and dependent children.
Contributions to The Employees' Spouse and Dependent Scholarship Fund go directly toward paying for current scholarships. Since 2000, the Employees' Spouse and Dependent Scholarship Fund has helped more than 158 students and their families. Virginia Tech employees may give through payroll deduction by downloading, filling out and returning this form.
President's Discovery Fund
The President's Discovery Fund is a way for alumni and friends to support the larger goals and priorities of the university through the leadership of the president. Donations to the President's Discovery Fund represent belief in the vision of Virginia Tech and support for its leaders, who must be able to take bold actions to keep the university at the forefront of advanced learning and discovery.
You can help
An unrestricted gift to this fund allows the president to take full advantage of unbudgeted and unanticipated circumstances so common to a world in which the future is always upon us.
Corps of Cadets Annual Fund
The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets (VTCC) is one of the commonwealth's premier leadership development programs. It is a progressive organization that values tradition while emphasizing character development and ethics. As such, the corps of cadets continues to produce graduates who are imbued with the spirit of service proclaimed by the university's motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). Private financial support helps ensure that the opportunity to belong to the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets remains available to our future leaders.
You can help
You can help by making a gift to the area you feel is most appropriate:
- VTCC Immediate Needs supports the operating expenses of the VTCC alumni scholarship program, various leadership development programs, and our alumni operations.
- Emerging Leader Scholarship Program (ELS) is the most effective recruiting tool the corps has with which to attract and maintain quality cadet-students. The ELS, which is VTCC's number one fundraising priority, provides a four-year stipend to approximately 200 new cadets entering the corps each year.
Visit the VTCC website to learn more about the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets.
Student Calling Center
Have you ever wondered who is on the other end of the phone when you get a call from Virginia Tech? It's more than likely a current Virginia Tech student who works in our calling center.
The Virginia Tech student calling center is located in the University City Mall (near the Math Emporium) and employs 100 students, who are managed by two full-time staff members.
The calling center's mission is to increase Annual Fund participation among alumni, parents, and friends, while also establishing ties with those who are not able to come back to campus.
Visit the calling center website to meet some of our students and learn more about the center's mission.
Reestablished in 2016, the 1872 Society now recognizes donors who make annual gifts of $5,000 or more during the fiscal year. Current-use gifts toward any university designation, including athletics, count toward membership. In its current form, the society has more than 1,700 inaugural members.
For more than 15 years, the Pylon Society has recognized donors who provide consistent philanthropic support to academics over two or more consecutive years. Alumni and friends are welcome to join, and there is no minimum gift requirement in order to maintain one's membership. The society has more than 13,000 members.
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