Ways to Give

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

Annual Giving

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.
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Reunion Campaigns

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.

Donor Advised Fund

Contributions may be eligible for a tax deduction and grow tax-free, leveraging the value of your philanthropy. Grants are distributed at your own pace, providing the opportunity to develop a strategic approach that better supports your philanthropic vision.
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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.

Unrestricted giving is the highest vote of confidence to senior leadership, by providing funds that may be allocated to VMI's most pressing need at any given time.

Meade King ’85 Chief Operating Officer, VMI Foundation

Types of Gifts


With your authorization, the VMI Alumni Agencies can debit your checking account once per month in the amount you designate. Of course, checks and credit cards are also accepted.


Gifts of appreciated securities are a great way to transmit assets to VMI as charitable contributions.


A gift can be made from your IRA as a tax deductible cash gift and if you’re 70.5 years or older you may make a tax exempt gift from your IRA.

Real Estate

All gifts of real estate require prior approval by the VMI Foundation. A gift of real estate may be a principal residence or vacation home, a farm, a commercial building, a subdivision lot or unimproved land. The gift may be the entire property or a fractional interest in the property.


Support VMI by making a charitable gift in Bitcoin or another cryptocurrency. We accept donations in Bitcoin, Ethereum, and over 40 leading cryptocurrencies.
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