As we celebrate the University’s bicentennial this year, we look forward with great optimism to UVA’s next century as one of the top universities in the nation and the world. Generous donors deserve much of the credit for the University’s success and its rise to prominence.
In this report you will find numerous examples of the essential role that philanthropy plays at UVA. You will see how you—our alumni, parents, and friends—help our students and faculty rise to new challenges and pursue scholarship and research that benefit the greater good.
The University will continue to evolve in its third century, yet our commitment to the values that we share within the UVA family—honor, service, leadership, diversity—will remain unchanged. Those values animate life and learning at UVA and shape the commitment that so many alumni, parents, and friends have shown toward the University. I am profoundly grateful for your steadfast dedication.
Teresa A. Sullivan
“I traveled with a professor over winter break to Detroit and to Flint. I couldn’t have done any of that if it wasn’t funded. Thank you for empowering me in my education!”
How are men and women in leadership roles perceived differently? This was the subject of Amanda Cowen’s COMMTalk in April 2017. At its annual Spring Symposium, the McIntire School of Commerce presented “COMMTalks: Ideas. Inspiration. Impact,” featuring 10-minute TED Talk-style presentations by McIntire research faculty.
Medicine for Humanity
Every day, new scientific breakthroughs are leading to innovative new treatments for disease. But is science alone enough?
Wisdom for the Planet
Will we be the last generation to fish for our food in the ocean? This question was the crux of a talk in UVA’s Campbell Hall, home of the School of Architecture.
Big Business Data
The dual degree between Darden and the Data Science Institute aims to educate the next generation of technology leaders.
“We’re fortunate that we could do some good for our family today—and some good for medical students in the future.”
What Dreams Are Made Of
Who says you can’t have it all?
Bicentennial, Blue Ridge, and Jefferson Scholars are proving almost anything is possible.
BioBlitz Reveals Biodiversity
Scientists often find much more data than expected when they engage in a bioblitz, a research effort focused on finding as many species as possible in a location within a short amount of time.
Cassie Mercer (Col ’18) is the 2017-18 recipient of The Cindy Brinker Simmons Endowed Scholarship for Women’s Tennis. A foreign affairs major, Mercer is considering law school after graduation.
A Global Goal
With funding from the Dee Family Global Scholarship, Lilly Crown (Col ’17) embarked on a journey across the world to pursue an internship and independent research project in 2016.
With a Little Help From Parents
UVA parents have helped fund Grounds-wide initiatives designed to shape and strengthen undergraduate life.
A True Gift for Good
Kyndia Riley, a 2016-17 Heartwood Scholarship recipient, is a first-generation college student and a mentor to students in Charlottesville schools.
“I’ll achieve more than I ever could because of your support, and once again I thank you for that. I always dreamed of coming to UVA and your contribution made that dream a reality.”
One Day, Many Gifts
The numbers are impressive. On April 12, 2017, UVA alumni, parents, and friends donated $3.3 million to their favorite programs and schools—more than $2,000 per minute and nearly $40 per second.
One for the Books
What would a university be without a library? These essential institutions underpin scholarly pursuit, providing students and faculty with access to virtually infinite knowledge.
A Living Masterpiece
It’s been called the best front yard in the world. Learning within a UNESCO World Heritage Site and living on the Lawn are high on the list of UVA’s distinctive student experiences.
Reunions is the time to come back to Grounds, give back to the University, and celebrate with classmates.
Your gifts advance our mission in profound and lasting ways, as you will learn in these stories.
You’ll read about how scholarships of all kinds provide opportunities to students, such as UVA’s recently established Bicentennial Scholars Fund, a forward-looking commitment to affordability. Learn about the UVA Library, which traces its earliest gift back to James Madison and is distinguished for its collections and technological initiatives. You will also discover how our faculty, who hold endowed chairs and benefit from private support, serve as expert teachers in the art of medicine and as data scientists who are developing the specialized skills of high-tech analysis—and much more.
I’m proud of this worthy institution and of the role philanthropic support continues to play in building its legacy. And I am deeply honored to interact with all the dedicated alumni, parents, and friends who are a part of the UVA community. Thank you for your generous support and engagement in the life of the University of Virginia.
Vice President for Advancement
Leaders in Philanthropy
The University of Virginia’s three central giving societies—Lawn Society, Cornerstone Society, and Rotunda Society—recognize generous benefactors of the University. Their generosity and leadership help sustain the University. Members demonstrate any three types of giving:
The Lawn Society includes the University’s premier benefactors, who have made cumulative outright gifts to UVA of $100,000 or more over their lifetime.
The Cornerstone Society brings together alumni and friends whose gifts will benefit the University in the future, through estate gifts, beneficiary designations, and gifts that may provide lifetime income.
The Rotunda Society recognizes loyal supporters who have made annual cumulative and outright gifts of $2,500 or more ($1,000 for alumni completing degrees in the last five years) to any UVA school or program.
Leadership donors sustain UVA’s place among the nation’s outstanding educational institutions while inspiring others to give back.