As a Vanderbilt supporter, you have the opportunity to join the Oak Leaf Society, which recognizes donor loyalty to Vanderbilt University. Oak Leaf members, a collective that’s more than 18,000 strong, make up a special community of donors with deep roots and strong commitment. Your investments are making a sustained difference across the university - from informed and creative teaching, student scholarships, cutting-edge research and service to the community and society at large.
You are what makes this university great. You are Vanderbilt.
Whether you are new to the Oak Leaf Society or have been a part of the Vanderbilt University donor community for years, maintaining your membership is easy. When you give for two consecutive fiscal years, you are counted in the Oak Leaf Society. The longer you give, the more enduring the impact of your support! Just follow these three simple steps:
- Make a gift of any amount
- Designate your gift to any area at Vanderbilt
- Give every fiscal year (July 1 to June 30)
Vanderbilt University is proud to acknowledge participants at the following levels:
- Founder: 2 to 9 years of consecutive giving
- Ambassador: 10 to 19 years of consecutive giving
- Capstone: 20 or more years of consecutive giving
Vanderbilt University is grateful for the commitment Oak Leaf Society participants make each and every year. Recognition of loyal donors includes:
- Oak Leaf Society window decal
- Personalized address labels
Having the opportunity to invest in the education of young adults is a gift. Contributing in a small way to help others gain the same excellent Vanderbilt experience I had is deeply satisfying.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Oak Leaf Society?
The Oak Leaf Society is a university-wide donor society that recognizes donors who have demonstrated their loyalty by giving any amount, to any area at Vanderbilt, for two or more consecutive fiscal years.
What is the date range of Vanderbilt's fiscal year?
Vanderbilt's fiscal year begins on July 1 and ends on June 30.
How do you become a member of the Oak Leaf Society?
Donors who give any amount, to any area of Vanderbilt for two fiscal years in a row, are considered members of the Oak Leaf Society. To sustain participation, donors must simply make a gift every fiscal year without interruption.
Do donors need to give a certain amount every year to be in the Oak Leaf Society?
No. Gifts of any amount count toward Oak Leaf Society participation.
Do donors need to designate their gifts to a certain area to qualify for Oak Leaf Society participation?
No. Gifts to any area of the university count toward Oak Leaf Society participation. Gifts designated to the Medical Center prior to April 2016 counted toward Oak Leaf Society membership; however, due to the separation of Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center into two nonprofit organizations, moving forward only gifts to Vanderbilt University will count.
Is this society only for Vanderbilt alumni?
No. The Oak Leaf Society recognizes all Vanderbilt donors who give for two or more consecutive fiscal years.
What are the recognition levels of the Oak Leaf Society?
- Founder - 2 to 9 fiscal years of consecutive giving
- Ambassador - 10 to 19 fiscal years of consecutive giving
- Capstone - 20 or more fiscal years of consecutive giving
Will donors be given credit for giving years prior to 2012 when the Oak Leaf Society was launched?
Yes. Our donor database keeps track of past giving years, and donors will be recognized for those years. For example, if you have been giving to Vanderbilt every year since 1990, you will be recognized as a Capstone level participant in the Oak Leaf Society and honored for your years of consecutive giving.
How are my years of loyalty calculated?
As of 2015, Oak Leaf Society membership is based on household giving, and years of consecutive giving are calculated by the person in the household with the most years of loyalty regardless of their affiliation with Vanderbilt (i.e. alumni, friend, parent, patient, faculty or staff). We realize you may have been giving to Vanderbilt for more years than you are being recognized, however our electronic records only go back to 1990. Please contact us if you have further questions.
Can I join the Oak Leaf Society if I have missed a fiscal year of giving?
Participants who miss a fiscal year of giving to Vanderbilt have the opportunity to join the Oak Leaf Society or expand their participation by "buying back" giving years that were missed and resuming annual giving. Years may be bought back at a rate of $25 per year.
How can I buy back years of giving?
Participants who miss a fiscal year of giving to Vanderbilt have the opportunity to join the Oak Leaf Society or expand their participation by "buying back" giving years that were missed and resuming annual giving. Years may be bought back at a rate of $25 per year. If you are interested in buying back years of your giving history, please contact us at (866) 882-FUND (3863) or email@example.com. You may also buy back years when you make a gift online by indicating which years you would like to buy back in the "special comments" field of the online giving form.
Is there a limit to the number of years I can buy back?
Currently our systems are set up to process buybacks going back to fiscal year 2007, but if you would like to buy back additional years, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Gift Processing Office at (615) 322-2979.
If I'm in the Oak Leaf Society, can I still be in other Vanderbilt donor societies?
Yes. You can be in multiple donor societies at the same time. Click here for a list of other Vanderbilt donor societies.
How do I learn more about volunteer opportunities at Vanderbilt?
- Digital Learning
- Eskind Alumni Digital Library | (615) 322-0310
- Jean and Alexander Heard Library | (615) 322-7100
- Osher Lifelong Learning Institute | (615) 322-5569
- Vanderbilt Calendar of Events
- Vanderbilt Social Media
- Commodore Recruitment Programs (CoRPs) | email@example.com
- Owen Alumni Council | (615) 322-4760
- Reunion Volunteer | (615) 322-6034
- Vanderbilt Law School Class Agent | (615) 322-0814
- Vanderbilt Parents and Families Program | (615) 343-7370
Participate and Attend
- Alumni Career Resources
- Athletics Events
- Blair Performances
- Chancellor's Lecture Series
- Vanderbilt Chapters
- Vanderbilt Divinity School | (615) 322-4205
- Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory | (615) 373-4897
- Vanderbilt Family Weekend | 1 (877) 887-2736
- Vanderbilt School of Medicine Events
- Vanderbilt School of Nursing
- Vanderbilt Travel Program
I give because Vanderbilt gave me so many opportunities to explore, learn and grow. Vanderbilt was a truly unforgettable experience and I am grateful for every minute of it