Oak Leaf Society honors loyal donors

This past spring Vanderbilt launched a new donor society to recognize the more than 28,000 Vanderbilt alumni, parents, friends and community members who demonstrate loyalty to the university by renewing their charitable gifts each year.

Oak Leaf Society member John R. Markham III, BA’01, MBA’12, is among the many donors who recognize the importance of giving back to Vanderbilt annually.

“I loved my years at Vanderbilt and know they wouldn’t have been possible without the help and generosity of others,” says Markham. “I think it’s important to pay that generosity forward every year so that today’s students might enjoy the same experience I did.”

Vanderbilt donors like Markham are welcomed into the Oak Leaf Society after giving any amount, to any area of the university, for two or more consecutive fiscal years. Nearly 3,000 donors have been giving to Vanderbilt for 20 or more years. Members are recognized for the important role they play in shaping the future of Vanderbilt and making a difference in informed and creative teaching, student scholarships, cutting-edge research, patient care, and service to the community and society at large.

For more information about the timeless tradition of giving to Vanderbilt, visit the Oak Leaf Society webpage or call (800) 288-0028.