Annual Giving to U.Va.

Rotunda Society


Named for the University’s signature landmark, this society salutes alumni, parents, and friends who provide leadership annual support to the University of Virginia.

How Do I Become a Member?

Donors qualify for membership by contributing $2,500 or more in annual operating support for the University to any of its schools and programs during the fiscal year (July 1 – June 30). Cumulative gifts during the same fiscal year to different schools or programs of your choice all count towards membership in the Rotunda Society.

Rotunda Society Recognition Levels

Dome Level $25,000 or more
Colonnade Level $10,000 to $24,999
Serpentine Level $5,000 to $9,999
Pavilion Level $2,500 to $4,999
Portico Level $1,000 to $2,499*

*Reserved for alumni who completed their degrees in the last five years.

Why Should I Become a Member?

Join an elite cadre of donors who recognize the value of empowering the University with immediate cash resources to fund new ideas and initiatives as they emerge. Through the Rotunda Society you can channel your giving to those areas of the University for which you are most passionate. You may choose to fund the preservation of Historic Buildings and Grounds, new advances in cancer research, creative joint education collaborations such as the program between the Curry School of Education and the College of Arts & Sciences, or any of a number of annual giving efforts across the Grounds.

What Can I Support?

Are you a graduate of the Architecture School who has a passion for lacrosse, or perhaps an Engineering alum who loved the Lawn? Are you a parent who wants to ensure that your child has ready access to computer support, whether in the classroom or the dorm room? Through annual giving, you can direct your support to any or all of these interests. You can also elect to leave a portion of your contribution totally unrestricted, giving the University the greatest flexibility to direct funds to where they are needed most. Make a gift now to one of the University’s twelve schools or any other worthy program of your choice.

The Power of Numbers

Dome Level Gifts ($25,000 and up) supported such
programs and activities as the following:

  • School of Engineering and Applied Science
    Fund a one-year research assistantship for an SEAS graduate student, allowing the student to conduct research and prepare for a career in engineering.
  • School of Law
    Provide support for eight law students to study the status of human rights in Madagascar.

Colonnade Level Gifts ($10,000 to $24,999) funded
the following programs and activities and others like them:

  • School of Nursing
    Support five to ten collaborative research projects for doctoral students who help mentor and teach undergraduates about best research practices.
  • College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
    Fund one of the fifteen Pavilion Seminars for small groups of third- and fourth-year students, taught by distinguished College faculty members. The seminars offer the students an intimate setting in which to explore interdisciplinary topics and themes.
  • School of Medicine
    Support the Host Program, offered by the U.Va. Medical Alumni Association and Medical School Foundation, which matches fourth-year medical students with alumni hosts nationwide as they travel for residency interviews. Last year, the program saved students more than $10,000 in lodging and travel-related expenses.
  • School of Continuing and Professional Studies
    Fund scholarships for nontraditional learners to complete a degree or certificate program that blends academic scholarship, analytical thinking, and workplace relevance.

Serpentine Level Gifts ($5,000 to $9,999) funded the
following types of programs and activities:

  • Curry School of Education
    Support the Curry Cup competition, which fosters student entrepreneurialism and aims to benefit the field of education. Students compete individually or in teams to develop commercially viable products and services—such as software, apps, or other technologies—and curriculum materials designed to improve K-12 student outcomes.
  • Darden School of Business
    Provide funding for the West Coast faculty Tech Treks, an innovative program for faculty to visit Silicon Valley annually, strengthen relationships with leaders in the technology industry and directly engage with the latest trends in the field. Inspired by these meetings, Darden faculty members develop new courses, cases, and research on emerging issues.
  • School of Engineering and Applied Science
    Support student participation in the Experiential Learning Program, giving students hands-on experience in applying concepts and principles from the school’s curriculum. Gifts at this level also fund national and international competitions in such programs as the Society of Automotive Engineers’ Mini Baja event, the Department of Energy’s Solar Car racing, and the Virginia Genetically Engineered Machine team’s creations in synthetic biology, all of which convene students, faculty, and outside technologists.
  • McIntire School of Commerce
    Provide support for McIntire students as they “choose their own adventure” through the Global Scholars Program, an independent study for fourth-years who desire a deeper understanding of the opportunities and challenges of global business.

Pavilion Level Gifts ($2,500 to $4,999) supported the
following types of programs and activities:

  • School of Continuing and Professional Studies
    Support faculty and student collaboration in developing an online global studies course to be offered regularly to SCPS students in all programs and sites.
  • School of Architecture
    Fund a Dean’s Forum Lecture, such as the 2012 lecture by Linnaea Tillett of Tillett Lighting Design, a New York-based firm that creates artistic, technically innovative lighting programs. The lecture focused on how lighting affects physical spaces, human behavioral patterns and emotion, and the ecological networks of other species.
  • School of Nursing
    Support interprofessional education by sponsoring a yearlong dinner series for nursing and medical students to meet and discuss how the two professions can collaborate and better serve patients.

Portico Level Gifts ($1,000 to $2,499) funded the following
programs and activities and others like them:

  • School of Architecture
    Provide support for the U.Va. student garden, a student-led initiative coordinated by the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning. The garden provides a valuable educational resource for the University and Charlottesville communities, serves as a model of organic gardening and sustainability, and offers opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and area residents to learn agricultural skills.
  • McIntire School of Commerce
    Fund on-Grounds events for job-seeking students, including résumé review sessions, networking, mock interviews, panel discussions, and the Employer in-Residence program. The programs provide students with valuable feedback from leading industry professionals.