Giving to the Center

Donor Recognition

How will my gift be recognized by the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center?

The Equine Medical Center’s development office publishes an annual Donors’ Report identifying those donors who have made a contribution between January 1 and December 31. Donors are recognized at the following levels of giving:

  • $100,000 and up
  • $50,000-$99,999
  • $25,000-$49,999
  • $10,000-$24,999
  • $5,000-$9,999
  • $1,000-$4,999
  • $500-$999
  • $250-$499
  • $100-$249
  • $1-$99

In addition, donors of $1,000 or more are named on a brass plaque that hangs in the center’s lobby. From time to time, certain gifts merit further publicity through press releases or events.

Is it possible for my gift to remain anonymous?

Yes. Please let us know that you prefer anonymity, and we will not list your name in any publication.

How will my gift be recognized by Virginia Tech?

Virginia Tech recognizes its generous friends and donors in a number of ways. One way is through our donor recognition societies:

Legacy Society

Legacy Society members demonstrate an unwavering confidence in Virginia Tech by choosing to make deferred gifts that will come to the university at a future date. Such gifts help ensure the vitality and viability of this great institution for generations to come and, at the same time, offer donors an exceptional degree of flexibility. Virginia Tech confers Legacy Society membership in recognition of the generosity and vision of those who will help invent the future.

Individuals and couples who have made deferred commitments in support of the university are recognized with Legacy Society membership, which is automatically conferred when we are advised of your gift. Qualifying deferred gifts to the Virginia Tech Foundation include:

  • Will Bequest or Trust
  • Charitable Remainder Trust (Unitrust or Annuity Trust)
  • Gift Annuity (Immediate or Deferred)
  • Retirement Account Beneficiary
  • Life Insurance Beneficiary
  • Remainder Interest in Retained Life Estate (Residence or Farm)
  • Pooled Income Fund

If your estate plan includes a charitable bequest or other gift to Virginia Tech, and you are not yet a member of the Legacy Society, simply contact Sharon Peart in the Development Office at (703) 771-6842. Gift amounts are kept confidential, and you may fully participate in the society’s activities even if you choose to remain anonymous.

Pylon Society

The Pylon Society is named for the pylons of Virginia Tech’s World War II Memorial, emblazoned with the words “loyalty,” “honor,” “leadership,” “sacrifice,” “brotherhood,” “service,” “duty,” and “Ut Prosim (that I may serve).” The Pylon Society recognizes those donors who demonstrate their belief in these ideals with consistent philanthropic support over five or more consecutive years.

Membership is maintained as long as the “giving string” is kept alive. In addition, you will receive:

  • The VT NetLetter, E-mailed to You Monthly to Keep You Up-to-Date on Virginia Tech News
  • Recognition Each Year That You are a Pylon Society Member, and
  • Special Recognition at Your 15th and 25th Years of Consecutive Giving

No matter the size of your gift, it is your consistent support that is valued and acknowledged.

Caldwell Society

The Caldwell Society is named for William Addison Caldwell, the first student to enroll at Virginia Tech in 1872.

Alumni and friends who have, either as individuals or couples, made lifetime contributions between $50,000 and $99,999 will be recognized as Caldwell Society members. Qualifying gifts to the Virginia Tech Foundation may be combined and include:

  • Gifts of Cash
  • Matching Gifts
  • Real Estate (Value Substantiated by an Appraisal)
  • Gifts-in-Kind (Value Substantiated by an Appraisal)
  • Irrevocable Deferred Gifts Including Cash Value of Life Insurance Policies, Charitable Gift Annuities, Pooled Income Fund Gifts, and Charitable Remainder Trusts

Ut Prosim Society

The Ut Prosim Society was created to recognize donors who are leaders within the community of philanthropy that sustains Virginia Tech. The distinguished alumni and friends who comprise the membership of the Ut Prosim Society are those whose unwavering support of the university epitomizes the truest sense of the Latin phrase that defines the spirit and mission of Virginia Tech, Ut Prosim, “that I may serve.” By giving so generously of their time, talent, and treasure, these benefactors help set the standard for service and ensure the future of the university.

Membership in the Ut Prosim Society is available on an individual or joint basis to alumni and friends, by invitation, at four recognition levels, each based on lifetime giving. Members may advance within the society as their lifetime giving increases.

  • Benefactor: Individuals or Couples who have $100,000 or More in Lifetime Giving
  • Senior Benefactor: Individuals or Couples who have at Least $250,000 in Lifetime Giving
  • Distinguished Benefactor: Individuals or Couples who have at Least $500,000 in Lifetime Giving
  • President’s Circle: Individuals or Couples who have $1,000,000 or More in Lifetime Giving

Qualifying gifts to the Virginia Tech Foundation may be combined and include:

  • Gifts of Cash
  • Matching Gifts
  • Real Estate (Value Substantiated by an Appraisal)
  • Gifts-in-Kind (Value Substantiated by an Appraisal)
  • Irrevocable Deferred Gifts Including Cash Value of Life Insurance Policies, Charitable Gift Annuities, Pooled Income Fund Gifts, and Charitable Remainder Trusts