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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Seniors Give Back?

Seniors Give Back is a Vanderbilt tradition that encourages all seniors to make a gift of any size to their favorite area at Vanderbilt.

Why should I give?

The gifts we make as seniors this year—and as alumni in the years to come—help make it possible for future students to enjoy the great Vanderbilt experiences we've had.

What if I can only give a little?

That's okay. Every gift counts—it's your participation that matters most. Collectively, lots of smaller gifts add up to make a big impact.

How much should I give?

You can make a gift of any amount. Giving $20.22 is one way to commemorate your graduation, but we encourage you to make a gift that is meaningful to you.

Where does my gift go?

Your gift goes wherever you'd like. You can designate your gift to any area of Vanderbilt that has been meaningful to you, such as:

  • Experience Vanderbilt
  • Opportunity Vanderbilt
  • Your favorite student organization
  • Your college
  • Your department
  • The library
  • Athletics (the National Commodore Club)

How does Vanderbilt’s endowment work?

Vanderbilt’s endowment provides a permanent source of support for the university’s students, faculty, and programs. While current- use gifts support the university’s immediate needs, the endowment ensures long-term sustainability. For more information regarding Vanderbilt’s endowment, please visit https://giving.vanderbilt.edu/endowment/about.php

How do I make a gift?

You can make your gift online or over the phone at (800) 288-0082. During Seniors Give Back events, you can make a gift using cash, credit card, Apple Pay or your Commodore Card. Please email vustudentsgive@vanderbilt.edu with any questions.