Reunion Giving

Giving in support of your upcoming reunion allows the Institute to continue building leaders of character in the classroom, on the playing field, and in barracks.

The History

Your VMI reunion is an opportunity to reconnect with brother rats and take part in the tradition of giving begun by the VMI Class of 1916 – the first to make a class gift to VMI. Since those first reunion gifts, alumni have continued to give back in honor of their own reunions, contributing a significant portion of the Institute’s fundraising support and creating a lasting impact at VMI.

Present and Accounted For


Each year, milestone reunion giving combines to provide more than $10 million in support of the Institute, VMI athletics, and cadets.

We hope you make plans to be present at your reunion. Encourage your brother rats to come back too! While you reflect on your cadetship and strong connections with one another, we also invite you to be accounted for by making a gift that reflects your gratitude for and support of VMI and today’s Corps of Cadets. Consistent support through annual giving inspires the progress of our Institute.

Maximize the Impact of Your Reunion Gift

Make a multi-year gift: You can either set this up as scheduled payments using our online giving form or request a pledge form and we’ll send you a pledge reminder.

Become a Leadership Annual Donor: When you give at the Institute Society or Keydet Club leadership levels, you are helping to ensure VMI’s commitment to excellence. We show our gratitude with several donor courtesies.

Establish or add to a named scholarship fund: Help offset the cost of a VMI education while creating a lasting legacy. An endowed scholarship fund is invested and will continue to grow over the years, providing long-term scholarship support to future cadets.

Join the Washington Arch Society, which recognizes alumni who provide for VMI in their estate plans, trusts, or other financial arrangements. If you have already made provisions for VMI, we hope you will share your plans with us by contacting Terrie Conrad so we may recognize you.

Milestone Reunion Classes

Classes celebrating a milestone reunion in their 10th, 25th, or 50th Reunions spend additional time and resources to present a significant gift to VMI. Most classes unite around a priority fund that will make a lasting impact that is helpful to VMI and meaningful to the class. See the impact of past milestone reunion gifts.

Your Impact

Behind every cadet in barracks are alumni who help make their cadetships possible. Whether it is an endowed scholarship that enables a VMI education, a gift to build world-class facilities that enables cutting-edge research, or unrestricted giving that touches every part of the cadet experience, each gift makes an impact. Don’t take our word for it. Hear from cadets for yourself.

Reunion Volunteers

Are you planning to attend your next reunion? Do you regularly keep in touch with your brother rats? Reunion volunteers are vital for connecting reunion classes. They are the ones who make sure everyone gets invited to the reunion and encourage the class to financially support VMI. If you want to volunteer to reach out to your brother rats, contact Meade King ’85 for more details.

  • Meade King

    Meade King '85 Chief Operating Officer, VMI Foundation; Director of Advancement

    The primary goal of the VMI Foundation chief operating officer and director of advancement is to raise and steward the funds entrusted to it for the sole purpose of advancing the Virginia Military Institute. With this private money, the VMI Foundation supports constant improvement of academic and co-curricular programs. The COO reports to the VMI Alumni Agencies CEO and also supports the president of the VMI Foundation Board of Trustees. The COO works closely with VMI leadership and across the VMI Alumni Agencies to develop and execute programs consistent with the missions of VMI and the Foundation.