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Reunion Giving

We all have different reasons for giving to worthwhile organizations. As Vanderbilt students—and now Vanderbilt parents—we've seen firsthand the difference our gifts can make, and that's reason enough for us to support the school.

Currently, 62 percent of VUSM students receive financial aid of some sort. These students, like twins Sydney and Shelby Payne, would not be able to fulfill their lifelong dreams of becoming physicians without this support. Their interest in medicine began when they were just 11 after Shelby was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. They are on track to graduate in the spring.

There are many such stories found in the hallways and classrooms at the School of Medicine—examples of the real life impact of our gifts. Reunion gifts can support any area within VUSM including your class scholarship, the white coat fund or can simply be used by Dean Balser to help meet the school's most pressing needs. Please make your Reunion gift today.

We hope that you will join us for Reunion. It will be full of educational and worthwhile events. Plus, it's just a lot of fun!

We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

Amy (Pollard) Boyd (MD’95) and Russell Boyd (MD’94)
Overall Fundraising Chair
VUSM Reunion 2020

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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 1990, 1989, 1985, 1984, 1980, 1979, 1975, 1974, 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 Fund 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 to the Annual Fund 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 sponsor white coats for our students, as well as fund School of Medicine student initiatives, student organizations, the wellness program, and a new program to support student national conference attendance.

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If you'd like to help with your class fundraising, please contact:

Andrea Zink
Associate Director of Annual Giving
School of Medicine | Vanderbilt University
P: (615) 936-0247
E: andrea.zink@vanderbilt.edu