Here at Virginia Tech, private philanthropy fuels our forward progress – in scholarship, in research, in outreach, and more. Each day, programs and initiatives made possible by donors are touching the lives of untold thousands here on campus, across our region, throughout the country, and around the world.
Despite the twin pressures of rising demand and diminishing state support that challenge every public university, Virginia Tech is excelling. We are able to do so because we are blessed with an extraordinary advantage, an advantage that has allowed us to consistently excel, even in the face of this challenging landscape. That advantage, of course, is the generous support of our donors. Why do so many give? Because every gift – large or small – helps to generate another triumph, another breakthrough, another discovery. And in that way, every donor becomes a partner in our enterprise, and plays a key role in inventing the future.
What You Can Support
Scholarships that ensure access to higher education for talented but low-income students. Professorships that attract the nation’s best scholars and teachers to Blacksburg. Cutting-edge facilities for research that may cure disease. Unrestricted support that provides flexibility to pursue exciting new initiatives.
These are just a few ways in which donors to Virginia Tech help make a positive impact on the world. Several of the most common, and important ways donors direct their support are listed below. Your gifts can help the university as a whole, or can be directed to any college, department, or program.
Click on any of the common recipients of donor support below to learn more about why private giving is so valuable for them.
As globalization and technological advances transform the world economy, information, knowledge, and innovation are the cornerstones of economic success. Maintaining our nation’s economic leadership in the 21st century requires well-educated citizens. Scholarships ensure that bright students will be able to fill this demand and fulfill their potential as thoughtful, well-rounded human beings, regardless of their families’ income.
Universities compete fiercely to attract the world’s best teachers and researchers. At the end of the day, they are our primary product. Their teaching prepares future leaders. Their discoveries change industries, cure diseases, and advance fields ranging from the hard sciences to the arts. Creating a named professorship or endowed chair position – or contributing to an existing fund set up for such positions – is one of the most powerful ways to ensure Virginia Tech remains a top-tier institution that is respected around the world.
Supporting Academic Initiatives
By supporting academic initiatives, donors make it possible for students and faculty to travel to conferences, for new and exciting research projects to be launched, and for renowned speakers to come to campus. Gifts can be directed to a particular college or department, or can be arranged to enhance whichever area of learning or research that a donor is passionate about.
Supporting University Programs
The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, the Graduate School, intercollegiate athletics, the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech, inclusion and diversity programming, Student Affairs, Undergraduate Education, University Libraries, and the W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center at Smith Mountain Lake are all examples of the type of programs that play a major role in the experience of being a student at Virginia Tech – and donations help guarantee that all these programs are second-to-none.
Supporting Capital Projects
In the face of growing enrollments and the broadening scope of today’s research environment, college and universities that wish to lead must construct the facilities necessary to meet current demands. Private support is an essential component of the funding for important projects all across Virginia Tech.
The success of our sports teams helps to maintain a national profile for the university and unite the far-flung members of our Hokie Nation in support of our institution. At Virginia Tech, giving to athletic programs is administered by the Hokie Club.