Did you put in long hours training for a match in the boxing ring? Was a professor willing to go above and beyond to help you understand a particular lesson in their class? Recall the moments that got you through the dark days of winter and the milestones that spurred you toward your coveted diploma.
The young men and women of VMI are now chasing the same finish line, and you can help them reach it. Gifts to the Institute through annual giving, planned giving, reunion funds, endowments and matching gifts from corporations and foundations support the extraordinary leadership opportunities that VMI continues to foster.
Ways to Support Cadets
Alumni and friends of VMI can support the Institute and its cadets through the joint effort of the VMI Foundation and the VMI Keydet Club known as Annual Giving. Through the Foundation Fund, the Keydet Club Scholarship Fund and team-specific scholarships, this effort raises unrestricted money for academic and co-curricular programs and grant-in-aid assistance for cadet-athletes.
Gift Planning for Deferred and Estate Gifts
For many donors, planned giving – that is, the use of such vehicles as bequests, individual retirement accounts, annuities and charitable remainder trusts – represents the means by which they can best balance their desires to help VMI financially and protect their wealth and that of their families.
Reunion campaigns are special to every class and the Institute in that they are unique opportunities to contribute to the quality of life at the Institute. Alumni donate most of their gifts and pledges in support of VMI. Many of those gifts are generated through annual Reunion Funds organized by the classes that are celebrating their 10th, 25th and 50th Reunions.
Endowments are permanent funds that donors commit to specific purposes and/or programs. Endowments at VMI support scholarships for cadets, provide money for Institute professorships, generate money for academic departments and other activities and produce unrestricted funds for VMI.
Corporations and Foundations
Many companies and foundations will double or even triple the value of charitable gifts made by employees and their spouses, board members and retirees. Ask your current or former employer to match your gift. And don’t forget: Your spouse and friends can also give through matching gifts.