Collective impact of $123 million in gifts helps Vanderbilt educate, discover and lead

More than 50,000 people came together to make gifts of $123 million to Vanderbilt last year, and their generosity continues to strengthen the foundation that allows the university and medical center to pursue its missions to educate, discover and lead.

To celebrate this community of donors, a new website and video were launched today. The video features students and faculty thanking donors and sharing their stories. The website also features profiles of undergraduate and graduate students, updates on curriculum enhancements, news about research and more.

“[rquote]Vanderbilt University stands at the forefront of scholarship, innovation and service to society thanks to supporters like you,”[/rquote] Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos said in his letter on the website. “I am grateful for your generosity and ever mindful of the impact annual gifts have on the university’s ability to educate, discover and lead. Vanderbilt shines brighter when backed by the collective strength of our community of support.”

Every day, gifts to Vanderbilt help create opportunities to educate, discover and lead for students, faculty, researchers and patients. Of the nearly 50,000 supporters who gave this year, more than 36,000 made their gifts through the Annual Fund, providing immediate support for some of the university’s most pressing needs and opportunities. Gifts to the Annual Fund totaled more than $15 million, and the impact of these unrestricted gifts reaches well beyond campus.

People who support Vanderbilt become partners in advancing Vanderbilt’s mission. The collective power of annual gifts makes a vital difference, and stories showing that impact are featured on the website, including:

  • A living-learning community that helped connect a student with a mentor and a career path.
  • A researcher’s discovery that helps make materials we all use smarter and safer.
  • A young family who continues to find support through the Vanderbilt community after a cancer diagnosis.

Visit the website to view the video, learn more about the impact of giving, and give to Vanderbilt.