Dear VUSM alumni,We all have different reasons for giving to worthwhile organizations. As Vanderbilt students-and now as alumni-we’ve seen firsthand the profound impact that alumni support has on the immersive clinical experiences and hands-on training programs that make the VUSM student experience distinct.We agreed to serve as the 2022 Reunion’s Fundraising Chairs because we believe in the school and want to support current students who will positively transform the future of medicine. From our very first days at Vanderbilt at the White Coat Ceremony and the Picnic at Dean Chapman’s house, we all felt the support of the entire medical center, completely and genuinely invested in our education; the medical students were the flagship of the University. Now is our time to give back. Our mentors gave us their time and attention in what is the Vanderbilt way, and we would like to engender our fellow alumni to honor their time and commitment by also giving back through financial support. Alumni support plays a vital role in the lives of these new doctors in training students and the future of health care. Gifts of all sizes combine to advance school programs, recruit and retain expert faculty, fund groundbreaking research and provide a new generation of students with the opportunity to pursue their dreams to make a difference as physicians and researchers. Let us all support those who supported us when we most needed it.We are looking forward to seeing everyone in October. Please don’t wait to make your travel plans-Nashville is one of the country’s top destinations and hotels fill up quickly.We look forward to seeing you soon.Carol Jean Kikkawa Hook (MD’97) and Matthew Alan Hook (MD’97)
Reunion Fundraising Chairs
VUSM Reunion 2022
Here are the current stats the 2022 Reunion classes giving participation:
|Class||Participation Goal||Current Participation||Dollars Raised|
Thank you to our VUSM 2020 classes who collectively raised more than $9,000,000 for VUSM during their Reunion timeframe. We look forward to welcoming your classes to campus this fall to celebrate your special milestones!
What counts as a reunion gift
What Counts as a Reunion Gift?There are three ways to give -with a single, one-time gift, a five-year pledge or a planned gift. For VUSM Reunion, only gifts, pledges and planned gifts to the School of Medicine count in participation and giving totals. The total amount of a multiyear pledge counts in the overall class total. For example, if you pledge $2,500 per year for five years, the total pledge of $12,500 will be counted in your class Reunion gift total. Finally, planned gifts (e.g., documented bequests) count for the Classes of 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979, 1977, 1976, 1975, 1974, 1973, 1972, 1971, 1970 and all Quinqs. Do gifts to other areas of Vanderbilt count?Only gifts, pledges, and planned gifts to the School of Medicine count in participation and giving totals. You can designate your Reunion gift to any existing School of Medicine Fund. Below are the most common funds that VUSM alumni choose to support.
- VUSM Annual Fund: Annual Fund gifts support all aspects of the School of Medicine, such as research opportunities for both students and faculty and scholarships to recruit the best and brightest students. They are used immediately to address new needs and opportunities each academic year. Annual gifts sustain the VUSM we know and love on a day-to-day basis and provide the foundation for continued success. Each year, VUSM relies on gifts from alumni, parents, and friends to meet the current needs of the school’s students, faculty and programs.
- VUSM Endowed Class Scholarships: Increasing scholarship support is essential in order to compete with other top tier medical schools for the most talented medical students. The ability to offer scholarships allows Vanderbilt to recruit a unique class of student -with passion for medicine, fulfilling an intrinsic sense of obligation to be leaders and dedicated to their communities. Financial support also provides these aspiring physicians with the freedom to choose their career path with lesser concern for student debt and greater focus on following their passions, making them better, more engaged physicians. Among the nation’s top 10 private research medical schools ranked by U.S. News & World Report, Vanderbilt has among the lowest tuition. Through class scholarship giving, alumni honor their own Vanderbilt experiences while helping ensure the success of medical students of today and tomorrow.
- White Coat Scholarship Fund: Gifts to the White Coats Fund not only sponsor white coats for our students, but also support our medical students throughout their VUSM education including funding for student organizations and wellness programs, student national conference attendance, and support for Match Day and Commencement activities.
If you’d like to help with your class fundraising, please Contact Us.