I am writing today about a vital initiative at Vanderbilt University that I encourage you all to learn more about and, if possible, participate in. April 7th is Vanderbilt Giving Day, an annual tradition of the Commodore community coming together for 24 hours to support this incredible institution. This has been an extraordinary year for everyone across our greater community, and while many folks have been separated (from campus, or simply by 6 feet), we are forging ahead to continue to support the university’s mission, and this is another great opportunity for us to join together for the greater good.
To continue providing the best possible support for the students, faculty and staff that make this place what it is, the Development & Alumni Relations team spearheading Giving Day is encouraging our entire community to join together and make a gift of any size to an area that is meaningful to them. I know this has been a challenging year for so many, and I want to emphasize that this is a day all about participation. Gifts of all sizes add up to make a significant impact. And if there is one thing I am certain of about our division, we know how to make a positive impact!
A gift of $5, for example, joined with hundreds of others, adds up to meaningful resources for our students. Last year, gifts of $100 or less totaled up to enough to provide full scholarships for more than 35 students for an entire year! This is a wonderful example of how impactful we can be when we collaborate as a community. Your support can be directed to a favorite area of campus such as a student organization you regularly connect with, scholarships to support the students you work with daily, the departments you love, our student-athletes and many, many other areas. I encourage you to watch this video of a Class of 2020 graduate speaking from the heart about the impact of people donating to the Student Hardship Fund. This is what Giving Day is all about.
Many on our team are on campus daily or interact with students via Zoom in a remote work setting, and we see the smiles of our students, their drive, their passion, and we work hard to give them the space to thrive and flourish and go out and change the world. We know first-hand the impact this place has on those students, and us as well. This is one other way we can support them.
I ask you to consider making a gift online, no matter the size, on April 7th at https://vu.edu/givingday. If you need to make your gift early, visit https://vu.edu/givingdayvip for special VIP early access.
I am so grateful for all the many ways you support this special place! I am in constant awe of how this team continues to come together over and over to support the university and the people who live and work here. Let’s continue to impact Vanderbilt, and in so doing, impact the world.
Vice Chancellor for Administration