Be Inspired

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Each type of support—every gift—helps secure the University’s place as a premier institution of learning. Your extraordinary loyalty makes it possible for our students, faculty, and researchers to contribute fully to the greater good.

Our three central giving societies—Lawn Society, Cornerstone Society, and Rotunda Society—were created to recognize generous supporters of the University of Virginia. These members represent UVA’s top stakeholders, committed and invested, and members of societies who demonstrate three types of giving:

Giving Societies

The Lawn Society

The Lawn Society includes the University’s premier benefactors, those who have made cumulative gifts of $100,000 or more to support UVA.

The Cornerstone Society

The Cornerstone Society embraces donors whose gifts will benefit the University in the future, through estate gifts, beneficiary designations, and gifts that pay income to the donor.

The Rotunda Society

The Rotunda Society recognizes donors who have made cumulative gifts of $2,500 or more ($1,000 for alumni completing degrees in the last five years) in annual operating support.

From the President


To Inspire Others

I’m deeply grateful to the members of the Lawn, Cornerstone, and Rotunda Societies who have demonstrated steadfast commitment to the University of Virginia. Through your generous gifts, you affirm the truth that philanthropy is a powerful way to inspire others while advancing the mission of this institution.

The University’s core values and founding ideals continue to serve as guiding principles for us today. Generations of students have lived by these values, which prepare them for effective engagement in public life in their communities and in their work. Those of you who support the University are investing in future leaders, in research and discoveries that improve lives, and in the power of knowledge to serve the public good.

At a time when resources are limited, we seek support for the University’s most distinguishing qualities: an intimate, transformative educational experience for bright students of all backgrounds; outstanding faculty; research and discoveries that benefit society; and the preservation of the historic Grounds.

Our giving societies recognize UVA’s leadership donors and the impact of your many gifts across the University. I hope you will take a moment to read about the members who have shared their stories of the University and their motivations for giving. You also will learn about the impact of gifts contributed by members of each of UVA’s three central giving societies.

The University depends more than ever on the generosity of alumni, parents, and friends. I am very grateful for your commitment.


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Teresa A. Sullivan President