Hannah Johnson

Annual giving

Make an instant impact

A gift to an annual fund is the best way that you, as a donor, can make an immediate impact on a student’s life. Wherever you decide to give, whatever the amount, those funds go instantly to assist the area of your choice. This is different from an endowed fund, which is invested and takes time to grow before the benefits are realized.

Help students now

Because of its immediate nature, an annual gift helps those who most need it, when they need it. You can choose a specific school, unit or fund. Alternatively, by selecting the Fund for VCU, you can let us allocate your gift according to the area(s) of greatest need at the time. These areas include:

  • Tuition assistance for deserving students
  • Programs that enhance academic and student life
  • Research, travel and programmatic support for faculty
  • Programs that advance our community initiatives

Assistance for vulnerable students

With your annual gift, you can choose to support two universitywide funds that provide critical assistance to some of the most vulnerable students among our population.

  • The First Generation Fund supports first-generation students, programs, scholarships and awards.
    • About 35% of VCU’s freshmen are the first in their families to attend college. These students face a higher-than-average number of obstacles, from financial to social and linguistic. Many even lack support and encouragement at home. This fund provides needed support to ensure these students know someone believes in their success.
  • The VCU Family Fund assists students and their families in a crisis situation.
    • Events such as accidents, illness, death, fire damage or unexpected homelessness can negatively impact a student and their likelihood of staying in school. This fund can help students stay in school and graduate.

How can I make my gift?

The most common and quickest way to support any of these funds is by giving online. Or you might prefer to mail a check, send gifts of stock or make an estate gift. Every gift matters, no matter how you give or how much you give.

Make checks payable to Virginia Commonwealth University and mail to:
Virginia Commonwealth University
Attn: Gifts and Records Management
Box 843042
Richmond, VA 23284-0441